We said we would – so we did! J’s mum is visiting us for a few days so we took her to see the delights of Charlecote. The garden has of course changed a bit since March 1st. The first thing I spotted was a lovely rose blooming against the wall of the gatehouse:
The wisteria growing against the house was just starting to go over, though there was another in full flower around the door of the Orangery – but as that’s also the restaurant and there were people eating, I didn’t feel I should whip my camera out!
We went round to the parterre garden where the beds are between plantings, but we did see a swan on the river – he wasn’t gliding effortlessly past, though, he was paddling furiously against the current.
From the parterre there’s a set of steps marked “Private”, but if you wanted to go up them you would probably need a machete:
I assume it has been left that way to protect the privacy of the family – I think it looks beautiful.
We wanted to see the woodland garden that was full of hellebores in March – now it’s full of aquilegia, forget-me-nots and primulas:
Alliums were just starting to open:
And I spotted a slightly shy tree peony.
And a stunning black tulip just hanging on:
Possibly my favourite flower bed of the day, though, was the little bed around the thatched summerhouse next to the Orangery – full of alyssum and cape daisies, just stunning.
One day we’ll manage a walk around the Capability Brown landscape park!