Thursday, 4 June 2015

Courtly drama and love in the garden

Bulb planting Bolsover Castle garden Inside the castellated walls at Bolsover Castle is the Fountain Garden, a circular grassy area bordered with an array of plants to reflect 17th century planting styles. Bulb plants had been introduced into English gardens by the 1630's and so tulips are generously planted with a backdrop of wallflowers and fruit trees.Fountain Garden Bolsover
The original Medieval castle fell to ruin but in 1612  the building of Little Castle, seen below, was started and the aristocrat Sir William Cavendish, an entertainer and playboy, completed the site with its lavish interiors as his own retreat. Little Castle - Bolsover Beautiful tulips The Venus Fountain stands as a focal point with the goddess herself overlooking its curious characters of heraldic beasts, emperors and putti who pee with abandon into the pool (empty as it happens as the moment) Venus Fountain at Bolsover Castle putti and heraldic creatures Cavendish held a famous masque in 1634 for Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria in the Fountain Gardens. Love's Welcome was a  courtly entertainment extravaganza of music, dance, drama and poetry. This would have been followed by a huge costly feast that would have included pickled herrings, peacocks, sturgeon, swans and sweetmeats.Bellis daisyThe walls of the garden have both niches with seating areas and smaller ones which house bee skeps. The woven Medieval style bee hives were for small colonies of bees to pollinate the fruits trees and honey production. Bee boles at Bolsover On a late spring, Sunday afternoon we spent some time in the Fountain Garden looking at the pretty planting of purples and yellows that are striking against the golden and grey stone walls. A romantic garden and one that can be viewed from above too, along the castle wall walkway. papery petals of purple anenome
 I wonder how many expressions of courtly love have been made in this garden? For us it was a nice picnic spot sat in one of the seating recesses, away from the chilling breeze. Late Spring garden Bolsover Castle The gardens continue with their air of showmanship in today's era with a host of plays performed throughout the summer, where you are invited to take along your picnic blanket and mini feasts for some modern day entertainment. Tulips
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14 comments:

angela said...

wow what a stunning place to visit, I could happily walk around there for hours

Anca said...

Such a beautiful place, I would love to visit it.

Anne said...

What a beautiful garden. I love that fountain, the detail is amazing. I would be very happy watching some open air entertainment with a picnic here.

Erica Price said...

It does look very impressive - I don't think it's too far from the in-laws so maybe we could take a trip there.

Ness said...

I did like this garden when we went the other week. It's nice that now they have repaired the top you can walk all the way round. My garden critic of a daughter thought the planting scheme was 'repetitive' though!

Kriss MacDonald said...

It has a fairy castle like feel - I can imagine a ball and cinderella fleeing past the fountain and through the garden.

Anca said...

I had some quotations last year for solar panels, but it didn't make financial sense. I'll have a look on their website to see if that is more suitable for us. I hope that in a few years the solar panels would be good enough for us not to rely on the grid too.

pinkoddy said...

What a gorgeous place. The flowers look fantastic too.

Mellissa Williams said...

I love historic gardens and what beautiful flowers too. I bet they smell gorgeous.

Redpeffer said...

I'd love to visit here some day, my kind of place :)

Louisa said...

I don't think that Bolsover castle is too far away from me. I would love to visit. The fountain is amazing, I'd love to get a closer look at the stonework x

hannah staveley said...

I have been to this so many times as a child such a nice place.

Michelle Ordever said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous castle! The historic gardens are just beautiful x

Mari said...

We went for it and had them installed last November and are really pleased with their performance so far, it may take a year or two to break even but we don't intend moving before them anyway. We think it's a great idea.


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