Friday, July 17, 2009

Hidcote Manor Gardens - Thursday 16 July

Again we met up with Peter and Lyndall Green; this time at the extensive gardens known as Hidcote Manor Gardens at Hidcote Bartrim, near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. Much of the garden is made up of adjoining "rooms" with hedges being the "walls". Some of the rooms are formal but the dominant theme is 'cottage garden'. Most plants are of the British Isles with a few exotics here and there. There are also further flower and vegetable gardens and also orchards on other parts of the estate. There are lots of photos in the album but here are three samples. I finally managed to get a photograph of those big bumblebees (on the thistle along with a honey bee). The avenue of beech trees was probably once the formal entryway to the Manor House.