Monday, 7 February 2011

February snowdrops and topiary

copyright John Hackston

We didn't set out to see snowdrops this weekend but were delighted to find them at two National Trust gardens - Packwood and Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire - and masses of them at Lydiard Park (Swindon). These gardens were mostly looking bare and being prepared for Spring planting but at Baddesley there were at least some flowering irises and hellebores.

copyright John Hackston

 A further treat was experiencing the topiary at Packwood. These magnificent yew trees look stunning from all directions: from the terrace in their straight majestic rows; looking down on them from the tall tree at the end of the garden; and walking in amongst them where they appear more like the stones at somewhere like Avebury. It was a blustery day and the rippling effect as the wind whipped through them provided the illusion of wobbling jellies. They must be very high maintenance given their size, age and number.

copyright Juju

2 comments:

  1. Lovely - really conjures up what it was like to be there.

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  2. These are really quite amazing photos. When I pop down to oxford again I shall come and a have a good look around! Really good photography

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