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
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
We went along to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens yesterday afternoon to collect our new membership cards and while we were there had a wander round.
The gardens are a unique example of an English Baroque garden. For many decades the gardens were neglected but in 1985 a Trust was established with the aim of restoring the gardens to their former glory.
Daffodils still flowering in a border near the entrance.
Lady Bridgeman's Garden - the planting arrangement varies with each season.
Crown Imperial - I really do like this plant.
Auriculas - I think the Gardens have an Auricula event in the near future.
The fruit trees in the North Orchard seem to have had a rather drastic "hair cut"!
Fruit blossom (apple and pear) starting to appear.
The Green House was built around 1729. The gardens were at their peak between 1680 and 1760 and today a collection of around 600 species of plants from that period have been planted.
We then went into the less formal part of the gardens known as the "Extra Grounds".
Green Alkanet beginning to flower.
White Dead Nettle sprouting in a wall
Recently restored Mirror Pool with a pair of Mallard and Marsh Marigolds.
In the past I have seen lots of Snakeshead Fritillaries around this pool but they all seem to have disappeared - not sure why unless the Red Lily Beetle has invaded the area :(
Blossom in the New Orchard - trees have been pruned in this area too.
There is going to be a good display of Yellow Rattle in the wild flower area soon.
Returning to the main walled garden
Primroses on a grassy bank
View along Holly Walk towards the Green House
The Lower Wilderness is much more open as there has been more tree pruning/chopping.
The Upper Wilderness with St Mary and St Margarets in the distance.
Castle Bromwich Hall has been renovated and is now run as a hotel (a separate enterprise and ownership to the Gardens)
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