A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"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
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Dahlias at Baddesley Clinton
We met E for lunch in Solihull a few weeks ago and I was hoping to combine it with a trip to Baddesley Clinton to see the dahlias and scarecrows. It had been raining heavily all morning so I thought we were going to have to forget the visit but as we drove past the rain actually stopped for a brief three quarters of an hour so we were able to walk round the gardens.
I am not usually a lover of ornate flowers, for example, I don't like lilies or chrysanthemums very much, but strangely I do like dahlias. Perhaps its because it reminds me of the ones my father used to grow - as a child I was always fascinated by the earwigs you could find in the pom-pom variety.
I usually visit mid September but there were still plenty flowering.
There was also still plenty of colour in other areas of the walled garden.
Several clumps of mistletoe growing on the apple trees.
A quick look at the Vegetable Garden - the scarecrows were no longer there :( Perhaps they remove them at the end of September?
I thought this might be the last bee I saw this year but we have had a few in the garden this week.
One of these days I will be unable to resist temptation and will buy one of these metal sculptures!
We got back to the car just as the rain started again.
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