Thursday, 12 February 2015

Winter gardens and summer dreaming

Gardens-at-Chirk-Castle
I find myself bored with winter this week. Cold and damp, wearing hats and boots. I've reached my end of season impatience. Winter you linger and I dream instead of the warm smiling sunshine and herbaceous perennial froth and fever. Blooms a hum of hoverflies and rambling thorny red roses up crumbling walls.

Alas there is a way to go until the season turns, so here is the winter garden of one of my favourite places - Chirk Castle in North Wales. Along the crocodile jaws of a Yew topiary avenue and into views back across the Cheshire Plains. Still beautiful with seeds heads and some great winter colour. Good to pop into the gift shop though to warm up and browse the metal owls and bottles of ale....

However, we went there last summer and I did not share with you so for some sun and to satisfy my summer dreaming, I give you roses and lavender parterres............
Chirk castle gardens in the winter woolly hat Chirk castle on a winter's day winter colours winter landscape seed heads owls twit twoo bottles of grog a summer garden's view Chirk garden map  yellow spires ferns Chirk Castle Hawk House barometer summer castle with rambling roses summer window view  photo purple-pom-pom-flowers peach-roses Chirk-Castle in the summer

Joining in with Mammasaurus for How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow

8 comments:

Gemma Garner said...

Hehe, like those little owls. I like Winter as a season but even I'm itching for some sunshine and Spring weather now. Chirk Castle looks like a nice place to spend a day :)

citygirl101 said...

I think we're all a little fed up with Winter now, roll on Spring.

lilmuselily said...

hats and boots sounds wonderful and these landscapes are dreamy

Helen Sims The good life mum said...

totally agree with you away with grey and bring on the blue

Growing Family said...

I love seeing the same place in different seasons, it makes you realise just how much difference plants make.

I've had enough of Winter now too, not long though!

Mammasaurus said...

I love those owls, are they stone? I tell you what else I love - your header image!
I love the colours in the bottom photos - I can't wait to walk in a rose garden again, totally with you on the end of season impatience this week!

Thanks for joining in, and for adding those rosy red cheeks in to this post :)

Redpeffer said...

I can't wait for the smells and colours to assault my senses come Spring, I agree with you totally.

Ang Gallant said...

Love those rosy cheeks and rosy blooms, gorgeous romantic photos! http://thereandbackagainamotherstale.com/

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