Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Belatedly, Chatsworth - the grounds
As we made our way across to the beautiful grounds, we walked through a small formal garden, and this was the first rose I saw, David Austin's Tuscany Superb. It is so beautiful, and I bought myself one today . . . As you do! It is a Gallica rose, and one of the few bred in the UK (according to the DA catalogue.)
Another DA rose - I shall have to look it up. Very pretty with that white eye.
The wild flower Nettle Leaved Bellflower. The last time I saw this growing anywhere was well over 30 years ago on a day out in Gloucestershire. There was a lot of it growing in the woodland margins.
Around many of the trees - dead or still growing (this looks like a dead Sweet Chestnut tree) - this rose - Kiftsgate I believe - was growing. It looked stunning in all settings.
This was the shell grotto - but I think all the shells had long gone.
Everlasting (perennial) Sweet Pea. We used to have this in the garden where I grew up.
This was one of the fountains at the top of a long flight of the stepped water feature.
An absolutely huge woven willow sculpture.
I can't remember what this fountain was called - probably water lily or something - but very cleverly made, with the petals dropping down and closing up afterwards.
Sweet Williams, with their wonderful clove scent. One of mum's favourites, and mine too. This was the start of the Kitchen Garden - more photos of that tomorrow.