Saturday, 28 March 2015

West Green Gardens

West Green House - the Opera Garden - near Hook in Hampshire is a favourite of ours.  The details for visiting and events, including Operas, are here. National Trust members can visit for free due to an arrangement with the Gardens.  The house is not open to the public but there is a beautiful cafe and shop, everything always arranged so wonderfully.  Here are my photos from yesterday's visit.

Camelia

Inside the greenhouse

Primula - Glorious Gold Lace

The greenhouse is sometimes used as a cafe for events

Blossom just appearing on this tree inside the greenhouse

Unusual daffodils . . .

. . . nicely displayed . . .

. . . orangey ones . . .

 . . .  white ones . . .

. . .  and ones with orange centres

This is the cafe, not the woolly sheep on the beams!

The decorations change during the year


Outside now, a green and black iris

Everything neatly planted ready for the off.

Beautiful white-trunked silver birches shining against the dark hedge

The hole in the wall with splashy rills descending next to the steps

A little bit of advice!

Little fountains whoosh up

Pulmonaria

A queue of daffs outside

Fabulous blue hyacinth in the wood

Bright orange coating on the tree

Near the pond, many of the daffs in this section had come up blind, but maybe they are a species that flowers later.

Dried up petals and seeds from last year looking delicate

Raindrops on the succulents
An old tree covered in lichen
This is a great garden, well cared for and ever changing, I'm sure we will be back there later in the year and I'll pop some more photos on again.

We stopped off at Hartley Whitney to post some letters and came across these:

This is the top of a little fence round the trees in Hartley Whitney

From the other side!


2 comments:

  1. It's lovely seeing gardens at this time of year with everything breaking into life isn't it?

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    1. Yes, a couple of old sticks one minute and then out pops a flower!

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