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
Friday, 15 July 2016
Packwood House Gardens
I had a day out yesterday with a friend and we decided to go to Packwood House and wander round the gardens. I've only been once this year (back in January from memory).
The House itself dates back to Tudor times but was remodelled by Baron Ash in the 1920's and 1930's when he added rooms and converted a barn into the Great Hall.
We were going to have lunch first but the tearoom was packed with rather a long queue (Packwood does get very busy!) so we went to look at the Carolean Garden first.
One of the many sundials to be found around Packwood.
I think the pollinators had been busy on these Hollyhocks!
The Yellow Border which is crammed full of perennials in pink, yellow, lavender, carmine and scarlet following Loudon's "mingled" style.
The Sunken Garden
Sadly, I couldn't get a photo of the whole sunken area as there were too many people trying to take photos!
Does anyone know the name of this plant? I fell totally in love with it - it looks like a series of pots filled with miniature succulents and a flower climbing up a stem. I don't think I have ever seen anything like it before.
The Rose Bays
Flowers in Herbaceous beds in the centre of the garden.
The Terrace Walk - I think this will be at its best in about a week.
Looking towards the Yew Garden said to represent the Sermon on the Mount
A view of the Sunken Garden
The tearoom was now quieter - so I had an egg, cress and mayonnaise sandwich and a brownie - I was that hungry I forgot to take a photo!
Then a walk round the newly restored Kitchen Garden which was looking delightful and stuffed with flowers (as well as vegetables).
I wish I could remember the name of these flowers - I am sure my grandfather used to grow them.
National Trust gardens are normally buzzing and humming with insects but the low trend this summer of insect sightings continues. There were a few bumble and honey bees and hoverflies about but numbers were much lower than usual and I only saw one butterfly a Meadow Brown :( It is very worrying.
I bought a couple of plants home with me - a Rudbekia and a Lychnis cornonaria (looking forward to seeing the latter in flower as I really haven't a clue what it will look like!).
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