Thursday, 23 January 2014

A winter's Roman garden

Roman tiles Roman Garden Chester Zoo faun herb garden pennies in the fountain Quince tree Quinces in winter Chester Zoo Oakfield Manor beehive
A beautiful framework, the bare bones of winter in a re-created historical garden. We explored a Roman style garden made up of three areas - the medicinal, the ornamental and the domestic. Plenty of herbs, clipped hedges, ornamental statues and fountains. A pergola that no doubt will be pretty and fragrant in the summer and a rustic beehive among the very symmetrical beds and layout. I always like kitchen gardens the best, I love flowers, herbs and vegetables intermingled. The medicinal garden was flourishing here, lots of greenery which I wouldn't have expected for winter. Similar to in my own garden last week, it is interesting to see which plants can be used for winter interest. Cone bay trees which I would love to have at home to give some structure, my favourite smell - rosemary and box hedges which always look amazing in any garden. I really do want a Quince tree this year for the sun-trap decking area, as I am consistently drawn to these trees with their yellow globular fruit hanging on. How beautiful they look with the promise of quince jelly and I believe adding some to an apple pie makes it all the more tastier. 

Head on over to Mammasaurus for a look at some other lovely gardens for How Does Your Garden Grow?

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18 comments:

Jane George said...

oooo lovely pics. love that mosaic, i am a real sucker for art in a garden! thank you for visiting my little piece of blogworld. xxx

Erika Lee Sears said...

what a fantastic garden. I always think there is something terribly romantic of quaint garden- dont you?

lilmuselily said...

what a wonderful place to visit. so old world...

bettynz said...

It's surprising what you can find in winter if you just look, and you did a fabulous job! This is a place I'd love to see.

Alexandra Mercer said...

What a spectacular garden! #HDYGG

AnnieMammasaurus said...

Beautiful! I too have been sucked in by quince trees last year - although I hang my head in shame at thinking they were skanky yellow apples the first time I saw a quince tree... that can be our little secret *taps nose* I've always loved the sound of a kitchen garden too. Is that beehive? It looks very cool indeed.


A team of Romans to come and sort out my garden would be nice!
thanks for joining in and sharing again xx

AnnieMammasaurus said...

PS. I can't help it fauns freak me out.


PPS. I know you NEEDED to know that....

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you, it's part of the zoo so a great escape from the crowds.

Happy Homebird said...

Splurts coffee out. You are not the only one. I thought that once too.

Happy Homebird said...

Not a Mr Tumnus fan then? ;)

Happy Homebird said...

Small but well put together.

Happy Homebird said...

Very old world indeed :)

Happy Homebird said...

Yes, the best type of garden to escape too.

Happy Homebird said...

I love garden art too which reminds me of my trip to NZ as they had a lot of garden art, particularly mosaic. I think I'll share that next week.

Jane George said...

oooo yes please do! x

Charly Dove said...

This sounds like the most wonderful place to visit and such awesome photographs. Just love :)

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

This sounds, and looks like, a beautiful garden. Lovely photos x #HDYGG

Helen Sims The good life mum said...

what a lovely place to visit and i love your black and white images #How does your garden grow

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