It’s been a few years since I posted about a visit to Castle Ashby gardens. Last Tuesday, despite the risk of showers, we went back with Mum, my brother, sister-in-law, nephews and the family dogs (Mum’s dog Benji and my brother’s dog, Max). It’s fine to take dogs round the gardens on leads and they can be off leads in the arboretum – there’s just one area they can’t go in, and that’s the Menagerie, for obvious reasons.
We had to dodge a few showers but for the most part the weather was kind, if a little chilly, and we had a lovely walk round. The garden is a bit quiet at this time of year but now we know we can take Benji there I expect we’ll go back.
Some things were flowering – the camellias in the orangery were gorgeous:
The pond in the centre of the Orangery is home to a huge number of fish:
The weather did brighten up and we had some blue sky:
And we spent a lot of time in the arboretum area, where the dogs could be let off their leads. They seemed to enjoy it!
Down by the lakes, Max defied the very clear instructions not to lean on the terracotta bridge:
The garden has so many little hidden gems.
And the arboretum is full of wildflowers – we saw wild narcissi, anemones, and what we think were wild hyacinths.
And almost at the end of the walk I found a tree in blossom, so had to take a photo of that of course.
There is a new exhibition in one of the garden buildings showing copies of various plans of the gardens, including those by Capability Brown – we didn’t have chance to pop in and see them on Tuesday but I’m hoping to go back there at some point and have a look.