We finally dragged ourselves away from the Carolean Garden to visit the famous Yew Garden
I've always loved these bee boles in the wall.
Ivy-leafed Toadflax in the wall along with a rather stunning Clematis.
Sad to say that at least five groups of people had ignored the sign above and were picnicking in among the yews :(
Packwood's Yew Garden is one of Britain's major topiary gardens which is said to represent the Sermon on the Mount. Over 350 years it has gradually evolved to its present form. The area was originally an orchard and the biggest yews and the box hedging were planted in the 1600's. The "Multitude Yews" were planted in the mid-nineteenth century and it was during the Victorian period that the story of Packwood's yews representing the Sermon on the Mount came into being.
In the early 1900's Alfred Ash removed the last of the fruit trees from the area.
Looking after the yew trees is a priority for the National Trust and it takes three months to trim 100 trees each year commencing in August. Soil conditions at Packwood are not ideal for yews as there are pockets of clay resulting in water logging which puts the trees under stress and at risk from disease. Extremes of weather and the compaction of soil caused by visitors add to the problem.
In 2008 it was discovered that many of the trees were showing signs of decline such as stunted growth, bronze foliage and dieback. Remedial work by digging new drains around the worst affected trees and then a major project in 2010 to drain the entire area has meant that some of the yews last summer were showing signs of new growth. Following a tree survey and to safeguard the yew garden for the future, a phased project has begun and last winter some of the worst affected trees were cut back to the main truck to encourage regrowth - yews are able to regenerate from old wood.
We didn't linger long in the yew garden as it was very busy so not too many photos.
The Packwood Follies
The first three photos were taken in the Yew Garden, the fourth in the parkland and the last two in the woodland.
To escape the crowds we went a walk through the parkland, around the lake and back through the woods.
I know many of you are fans of Edith Holden's "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" and she often walked through parkland at Packwood
Back then into the Carolean Garden for a last look at the Raised Terrace
and then a visit to the Kitchen Garden - a lovely mix of flowers, fruit and vegetables.
Sadly, no visit to the tearooms for cake :( B took one look at