Hi Folks! Thank you for your wonderful comments and welcome back on my last post.
I MUST also welcome two new followers to the fold, great to see you here :o)
As promised last time this post is about the fabulous private gardens I visited with my dear friend George's Mom. Wollerton Old Hall Garden (the hall is a private residence and not open to visitors.)
They are open from 12 noon to 5pm on Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays From Good Friday until The end of August, and Fridays only during September. At the time it cost just £6 entrance fee - let me tell you it's well worth every penny.
I realise that they are now closed for the season, but believe me it's worth making a note of them for next year. It's also a brilliant place for any budding photographers ;o) (I took around 180 photos!) As you may guess this IS a photo heavy post.
The magnificent Old Hall which dates from the mid 1500's that magically appears as you walk along the twisting, tree lined driveway to the entrance of the gardens.
As you enter the gardens through the gate
this is the first courtyard with it's amazing topiary.
and around another corner the 'Old Garden'
leading to 'The Rill Garden', it took a long time to get a clear shot as there were so many visitors that day.
The flower beds are a most astounding site, and I've NEVER seen so many different types of very busy bees in one place.
and from the other end of this walk..
such wonderful shapes...
Like 'The Lime Walk'
and I was assured scents - I have no sense of smell :o(
The bees were intent on work and not bothering anyone.
I see 7 here, can you see more?
comin' in to land
Some were even nesting amidst the topiary!
and curious caterpillars too..
The Well Garden
Just around the corner from here there is a very lovely tea rooms filled to the brim with luscious food and drinks.
and just at the far end of that shot the tallest hollyhocks I've seen, again covered in bees...
with pollen :o)
There is also an 'old' summer house, where I could have happily sat
and enjoyed more flowers.
before leaving by the other door,
and looking back
over these oak gates :o)
Yes, that was a most enjoyable day that I can highly recommend it.
Best wishes to you all.
x x x
Forgot to say, there's a brilliant plant nursery too - guess who bought a few back with her ;o)