First day out of the year! Well, first day out visiting a garden, anyway. Though admittedly the gardens are just a small part of the Charlecote visit, but they’re a very pretty part. The house and the deer park probably spring to mind more readily. Shakespeare was supposedly caught poaching deer in the park, though how true this is I couldn’t say.
The garden between the gatehouse and the house is fairly austere
though there are photographs in the house showing the garden in the early 20th century with lots of formal flower beds, so it would have been much more colourful.
At the back of the house is a parterre garden, only just planted up for spring but in a month or two it will be lovely.
Elsewhere there is more informal garden and parkland, and you will probably not be surprised to hear that Capability Brown was responsible for the landscaping.
Though there wasn’t a lot of colour about, there were plenty of small harbingers of spring to be seen.
I know I need a better macro lens for some of these close-ups. I keep looking at lenses and wondering what to go for. One day I’ll make up my mind.
Charlecote isn’t far from us so we hope to go back later in the spring, and maybe again in the summer. Besides, there is a huge plant shop next to the car park!