Saturday, 2 November 2013

Warwick Castle Gardens

Warwich Castle Glass House Back on a sunny day a few weeks ago we had a little trip to Warwick Castle. Of course the main attraction is the magnificent and magical castle with its dungeon, towers and ramparts but there are also some beautiful gardens to explore. Through pathways, past purple flowers and peacock topiary we enjoyed the glorious beams of autumn sunshine. The greenhouse stands at the top of this geometric garden, an amazing building housing some tropical plants, bordered by bold, bright, structural cannas - which I have never grown.Cannas by the Warwick castle conservatory please enter the glasshouse conservatory plants conservatory doors Peacock gardens Warwick CastleLancelot 'Capability' Brown designed the landscape you can see past the fountains. Every tree planted to a plan, made to look natural but all completely man-made and strategically placed. I studied Horticulture and then Garden Design for years at a local agricultural college for years and the history of garden design was fascinating. I recommend reading A Little History Of British Gardening if you are also interested in learning how our gardens became as they are today. 
fountain Peacock topiary Capability Brown Warwick Castle Rose Garden at Warwick Castle
A perfect pretty rose garden hanging heavy with scent and shadow. Formed in the Victorian era, sadly forgotten after the Second World War and then restored in the late 80's. 
A calm ending to a busy day trip.
Next year I must plant some more roses in the back garden, a rambler perhaps? Any recommendations?
pink rose at Warwick Castle Roses at Warwick Castle
Joining in with Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

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14 comments:

Gemma Garner said...

Love those purple wispy flowers, do you know what they are? Looks like a peaceful place to visit. Your rose garden photos are great :)

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

What a beautiful castle the gardens are immaculate. I am always amazed by how green your grass is, and the rose garden looks stunning.

Jennifer said...

Such a beautiful place. I love the windows, they're really beautiful. I would love to be able to visit a real castle. Someday. :)

greenthumb said...

Such a pretty place I bet you had a great day.

Happy Homebird said...

@Gemma Garner Hi, it is verbena bonariensis - a really great plant for the garden as it lasts all late summer and into autumn. Thanks, Sam x

dragonsflypoppy said...

Oh I do love roses and the pictures you have taken of them are so pretty! What incredible hedges too. Lovely post x

Mammasaurus said...

Simply beautiful photos - and sorry I seemed to have missed reading you last week - I'll link you back up at the start of tomorrows to compensate x

I haven't been to Warwick Castle in donkeys years - deffo on my list for 2014. Thanks for joining in x

The Reading Residence said...

I've been to Warwick castle a few times, but never knew about the gardens - I'll definitely be back there soon to explore as they look stunning!

Charmaine said...

this looks like a lovely place to visit. there are so many Capability Brown gardens about aren't there... he must have been very busy indeed! x

mumturnedmom said...

I've been to Warwick Castle, but I didn't go to the garden! It looks absolutely beautiful. A wonderful set of photographs!

Lil Muse Lily said...

it looks like the perfect day to stroll around the grounds of a castle. great pics

Nichola Fabfortymum said...

What beautiful pictures. Capability Brown certainly knew how to create glorious spaces indeed. It looks absolutely stunning and must have been a fabulous place to stroll around.

Betty Luckhurst said...

Such a great place. I'm sure one could spend the whole day there finding treasure.

Lynda@kidsinthegarden said...

The Garden looks beautiful. I love your shot of the fountain and the one with the gate leading outwards. It gives a real sense of space and grandeur.

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