Come with me, if you will, speak in hushed tones and let me show you the secret delights of a real English garden.
Well ok, not entirely secret…the car park was jammed full (but I rather suspect the National Trust employs sorcerers to magic away the people so as not to spoil the tranquility of the garden)
Anyone who follows my blogs/Facebook page will know that Mark and I have a selection of favourite gardens (mostly National Trust) scattered around Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset…one of these is The Courts in Holt. You enter the garden through wrought iron gates in a high wall, pay (or show your membership card) at a small ‘shed’, and walk through a living green honour guard offering teasing glimpses of the garden beyond, past the house (and tea room) in to the formal gardens, divided in to ‘rooms’ by wonderfully shaped hedges and pathways, each with such different character, it is like visiting numerous gardens rather than just one.
I love the simplicity of white and green at Lacock Abbey at this time of year, but I also love the riot of colour on offer at The Courts.
The irises are looking particularly good…
The garden is designed in such a way that you catch views of the house and secret gardens and today families enjoying picnics.
Water plays a role in the garden – from the beautiful ponds, looking all Monet…
…to micro water features.
Of course I never can resist photographing bees, and they love the big purple allium.
I think these pretty pots are auricula…I would love some of these in my garden.
I sometimes wonder if this guard dog prowls the grounds once the visitors go home…!
My oh so patient other half carries my camera bag and spare lenses and quietly waits while I add to my ever growing collection of photos.
We were disappointed not to see the cat we usually meet at the Courts, but we did meet this one as we followed the path by the brook to the Glove Factory.
Rounded off a lovely visit with a delicious lunch at the cafe at the Glove Factory…potted pork washed down with homemade still lemonade…mmmmm!
If you should find yourself anywhere near Holt in Wiltshire, do check out The Courts – it really is a remarkable garden.