Six on Saturday: 7 March 2020

What a difference a week makes!

It was our wedding anniversary on 28th February. After all the bad weather throughout the month, it was our last chance to pop along to Chirk Castle (NT) to see the end of their snowdrop display. With Storm Jorge forecast for the weekend, it was now or never.

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It snowed.

. . . and the poor snowdrops were suffering. Despite wandering through muddy woodland, these were the best we found.  “They were lovely yesterday!” Too late, again.

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The starkness of the winter landscape did, however, highlight the topiary shapes in the formal garden.

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But in the shelter of the courtyard, things were flowering.

I suspect this is a camelia.

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Not sure what this is – ornamental quince perhaps?

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And, though you can’t see in this image, there are buds all over this climber, just waiting to burst out when the weather warms up.

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There are many ancient trees surrounding the castle – which is why they close to the public when strong winds are forecast.

One of the largest – and oldest – trees we saw was this one.

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You only get an idea of its size with the image below (my husband in photo for scale).

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If it is nice weather where you are today, I hope you get all those gardening jobs done; if not then check out The Propagator’s Blog and see how our fellow gardeners are doing.



Hergest Croft Gardens

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Another garden visited during our recent in Herefordshire, Hergest Croft Gardens – not far from Hergest Ridge (not only the 1974 studio album by Mike Oldfield, but an actual elongated hill crossing the Wales/England border and part of the Offa’s Dyke long-distance path). Continue reading “Hergest Croft Gardens”

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens


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Herefordshire in mid-September may not be most people’s choice for a week’s holiday, but (other people’s) children are back in school, and that means you can enjoy woodland walks and garden tours safe in the knowledge that the only sounds you will hear are birds singing and brooks babbling – not screaming babies or fractious toddlers. Continue reading “Westonbury Mill Water Gardens”