A few days after we returned from Herefordshire we visited the National Herb Centre near Banbury. D and I have been several times before but it was B and E's first visit. We hoped to walk the lovely nature trails there. I'd checked the weather forecast which suggested 15% chance of rain well you guessed it just after we arrived it rained so nature trail walks were abandoned especially as there wouldn't have been any butterflies around which are the highlight of the walks.
So we had a look round the herb centre and nursery.
I fell in love with this dragon garden ornament last year and it is still there but far too expensive to buy as a treat.
I am not so keen on this one.
Many pots for sale. After I was annoyed I hadn't bought one of the half hooped barrels they had for sale as it would have been ideal to plant the herbs we bought to take to Herefordshire.
There are a lot of herbs for sale and many many varieties of each type. They are not overly expensive either unlike many of the nurseries nearer home.
On the way to the nature trails there are colourful borders and about 7 individual herb gardens - sadly I didn't look at these this time as the rain was getting heavier.
Timothy keeping dry in the car!
These are the herbs I bought along with a lavender and nasturtium.
Back at home the Christmas Tree in a pot has a lot of new growth.
Valerian and Sage in flower
There are lots of buttercups in the wildflower area this year and yellow rattle is doing a wonderful job of controlling the couch grass so that other flowers can thrive.
Posy picked from the garden.
Honesty is now going to seed and I was really pleased to find three Orange Tip Caterpillars.
I should have mentioned a few posts back that coming back from Herefordshire a few weeks ago we found the blue tit nest box full of dead chicks. It was really upsetting especially as they had seemed to be thriving and both parents were taking in food. It was distressing to see the female trying to remove the chicks. I did wonder if she might make another nesting attempt (I know it is rare but not unknown) but she hasn't.
All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera. (If anyone ever wishes to use any of my photos or my son's I would be very grateful if they could email me first - thanks).