Yes I know it's Tuesday and the weekend is no'but a distant memory but it's the first chance I've had to sit and upload some photos that I know you'll all enjoy seeing. This will be a picture heavy post but I make no apology for that - I do hope you enjoy them. :)
We spent a really lovely hour or so on Saturday afternoon with my brother and sister-in-law visiting Stone House Cottage Nursery and Gardens, near Kidderminster.
Stone Cottage Garden, is one of those places that could be described as a 'hidden gem'. Indeed one could be forgiven for simply driving past the entrance to it, completely unawares, as although it is now sign-posted as an RHS recommendation, it is reached by a little 'off road' track from the main road.
Now I don't know too much about the history of the place so I'm going to link to THIS FEATURE when the garden was featured in the 'GARDEN' magazine in September 2010. It's also been featured in Country Living magazine and in other glossy garden mags apparently, as the clippings were on show at the garden entrance.
I have a thing about 'secret' gardens and this beautiful little place fulfilled my passion for a) being nosey(!), b) my romantic notions of fanciful images of fairies (no there weren't any but it's certainly the type of place where I KNOW they exist!!!) and c) my love of plants, gardens, trees, flowers, nature, romanticism, etc etc. I quite liked the place - does it show?!!
Jo and I are very much kindred spirits in our adoration of anything like this. We were in our element gazing and sighing wistfully at the romantic follies and prettyfullness. (What do you mean that's not a word?!).
Anyway - time for me to shut up rambling and show you some pics! Enjoy!
|Wisteria scrambling up the clocktower on the car parking area. |
|The entrance to the walled garden.|
|Hmm... which way shall we go?|
|Definitely this way!|
|Cow Parsley - such a delicate, frothy wild flower|
|Aliums.... I must plant some more of these stunning flowers for next Spring|
|Hidey places to sit and watch the fairies go by!|
|Jo and I weren't too impressed by Charlie's observation that it looked like a scene from The Shining!|
|Ah look - one of the Border Collies keeping an eye out for miscreants!|
|Jo and Charlie - "What's in there then?"|
|Is someone locked in the tower?|
|Jo must have gone in to investigate! She doesn't 'do' heights so probably got up to the third step!!|
|Don't be silly brother dear - you don't have enough hair to be playing Rapunzel!|
|Gasp!! A secret door!!|
|I love the mysticism of forests - tut - I could have cropped the wire fencing out !!|
|I think this was a summer house - It's a little down at heel now but in it's day I do hope that there were some amazing parties thrown in here - well I know I would have done, were it mine!!!|
|A mural of the walled garden.... Actually I'm not altogether sure that we should have been in here! Oops!!|
|A view up to towards the house|
|An absolutely beautiful rambling rose - almost like a dog rose but such a gorgeous deep red colour it was almost burgundy. Stunning!|
|Another wisteria covered folly to hide in...|
|and sit under wisteria confetti as the petals drifted around|
|We couldn't find a label identifying this tree blossom but it's scent was absolutely divine. The seed heads give me an inkling that it's related to a magnolia|
|Sigh. Just something so lovely about this!!|
|Thank you for posing so nicely Mr Bee!|