Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Guildford Castle this Season

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

It's always a treat to visit Guildford, especially the castle grounds which are beautifully kept and planted with a different colour  scheme twice a year.  It takes two weeks for the changeover as the old plants are removed and the beds carefully prepared for the new ones.  What colour would it be this year?

The wildflowers around the keep were just beginning, later in the year this bank will be covered.


The Indian Bean Tree up on the hill was only just breaking into leaf but the view to the Cathedral in the distance was really clear over the rooftops.


The soft, ethereal colours of the blue and pink forget-me-nots with tulips interspersed and beds of wallflowers were quite a change from the vivid primary colours used in other displays.








Leaving the castle and heading for the High Street, we came across Milkhouse Gate, a really narrow alley, I haven't spotted this before in all the times I've visited Guildford.  In the 10th Century, Guildford's town was laid out with a bank and ditch encircling the town and a main street through the middle, passages or gates would run from the main street to the ditch and Milkhouse Gate is an example of a domestic gate.



Time for a cuppa and some toast in the Tea Terrace up in the Jellicoe Roof Garden of the House of Fraser.






Cheerio

10 comments:

  1. I much prefer the more natural and soft colours of the plants. It’s a beautiful setting. I’ve never been. Fascinating about the old gate track too.

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    1. The photos don't do the flowers justice as the sun was so bright but they did look so pretty. No doubt they've pulled them all out again by now. Guildford is definitely worth a visit.

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  2. I love those narrow streets and alleyways. The forget-me-not and tulip displays are lovely:)

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    1. That really was a narrow alley and quite long too, I can't think how I've missed it before. 😊

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  3. The flower displays are a treat, a real feast for the eyes.

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  4. Perfect colour combinations. I’ve seen so many uses of forget me nots this year. Like the look of that cafe :) B x

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    1. Having both pink and blue ones made quite a difference and of course they are good value as they go on and on too. x

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  5. Thanks for taking us around Guildford. I've always associated it with the modern Cathedral and it was interesting to see the old alleyways and narrow streets. The castle grounds flower beds are beautiful and the Tea Terrace looks like a fun place to stop for refreshments.

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    1. It's an old city with lots of interesting buildings plus a river to give some beautiful walks. I always find something to do there.

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