"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 19 June 2015

Coughton Court - Part 1: The Walled Garden

B and I had a day out yesterday at Coughton Court. Last year I visited in June with a friend and we discovered the Walled Garden which is a total delight at this time of year. Paths meander through a huge variety of roses and perennials and there are hidden arbours, statues and sundials.

Apologies for the huge amount of photos - I found it hard to whittle them down!

The only downside was the fact that the garden was teeming with people possibly because we arrived at 12.00 just as the Walled Gardens open. It was certainly quieter later in the afternoon when we returned for a further look before leaving. National Trust properties, particularly in Warwickshire, always seem to be very busy although its noticeable the further you get from the house and tea room, the quieter it becomes! Its a bit like when you go on holiday and the beach near the car park is always jam-packed with people but you only need to walk a few hundred yards to find a more peaceful place.

I'll do a further post over the weekend showing the orchards, vegetable garden, bog garden, river and woodland walk and a few photos from inside the house which has a fascinating history.


amanda peters said...

The flowers look stunning and in good health,and you had sunshine. I like the photos of the Foxgloves , like them at the moment. I like to sit and watch people, but if you are taking photos they don't think nothing of walking in front of you !!!
Look forward to your next post.
Amanda xx

Ragged Robin said...

Amanda Peters - Thanks so much Amanda. There was a superb selection of different coloured foxgloves :) A lot of the photos have people suddenly appearing into one part of them! Even though I waited ages to try and get a people free shot!!! OH was most unhappy - said it was like shuffling round a garden centre!!In fact, initially he refused to walk round :( I've visited that many local properties over the last 10 years that I've sort of got immune to the crowds and can just switch off and pretend there is just me there!

Bovey Belle said...

What a stunning garden. I had some yellowy foxgloves once, with brownish spots, can't remember the name now. Of course, one bad winter and they succombed! What a pity this is too far from us for a day out.

Margaret Adamson said...

I love the gardens youtake us to adn this is no excception. ALL the flowers adn vistas are gorgeous. A tonic to the soul. I organised my ni=urses yesteday to see our walled Garden in my town of Bangor. N.Ireland adn they were delighted with it. Probably some day I will get round to posting the photographs. There was also a sculpute exhibition on this month and thses were placed beautifully among the plants. Have a lovely weekend.

Ragged Robin said...

Bovey Belle - Thanks so much. I love those yellow foxgloves - we only have the pink ones and the occasional white here at home. If you move to Herefordshire the gardens would be closer :)

Margaret Adamson - Thanks very much - so glad you enjoyed. Do hope you post your photos of the Bangor Walled Garden - sounds beautiful especially with the sculptures. Will look out for it :)

Countryside Tales said...

Glorious. What a wonderful place. I'm a sucker for a walled garden! Xx

Ragged Robin said...

Countryside Tales - Thanks CT :) You can't beat a walled garden :)

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Your blog is beautiful! I've just discovered it and am so glad you shared so many photos. What a wonderful garden!

Ragged Robin said...

Kristi in the Western Reserve - Welcome to my blog and thank you so very much for your very kind and lovely comment. I do hope you visit again :)

Toffeeapple said...

More gorgeous images, thank you. I don't think I would cope well in crowds, I like to be meandering rather than rushing.

Ragged Robin said...

Toffeeapple - Thanks so much. Would definitely agree with your comments! I think the mistake we made was to go in there at 12.00 just as it opened and it looks as though many people were waiting for that to happen. Later in the afternoon it was, thank goodness, quieter! :)

Pete Duxon said...

it is a lovely garden........ i once lost my work mobile there...... it was found and I was asked for proof it was mine..... and i rang it from my personal number :D

Ian Doyle said...

Great post, super photos.

Ragged Robin said...

Pete Duxon - Thanks Pete. lol re: the work mobile!! :)

Ian Doyle - Thanks very much Ian.