Thursday, December 4, 2014

Biddulph Grange

 
Following are some images I captured during a visit to the National Trust property Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire, England earlier this year.
 
The splendid grounds reveal an amazing collection of plants from around the world, showcased as "pockets" of other nations' gardens and was created by James Bateman in the 1800s.
 





 
I liked the angular design of this section, and ....

 
... my over-active imagination saw this resembling a face depicting shock and horror!

 
I almost missed this little sweetie hiding amongst the foliage.
 
Joining in James' Weekend Reflection
 
 

10 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I was watching a TV documentary about this garden quite recently. I had long known about the beauty, which you show so eloquently, but had not realised the problems which the garden presents to the modern custodians, both in keeping the plants true to the age of the garden and the fact that so much of the gardens are inaccessible to machinery so that everything has to be done by hand.

Valerie said...

Thanks for your comments John. I applaud the efforts of the current custodians and the many volunteers who maintain these grounds. Perhaps all the more because the original owners also would have worked without the benefit of machinery, thus adding to its authenticity (not sure I've used the right word there, but hopefully you'll know what I mean!)?

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous shots of these lovely gardens.

Fun60 said...

The Japanese garden is beautiful and the lake creates a wonderful reflection of the bridge.

Jim said...

Beautiful photos.
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Ileana said...

Lovely photos of this beautiful garden!

Margaret Adamson said...

Boy I would love to see this garden in person thanks to your wonderful photographs. Lovely reflection in the lake. Have a lovely weekend.

EG CameraGirl said...

The red on the bridge makes a lovely reflection. The gardens are beautiful and I can see why the birds like to hang out there.

Hazel Ceej said...

England is beautiful hands down. I remember frequenting the National Trust site several times about two years ago. Their properties are always great places to visit and learn from. Beautiful shots. I love the portal and the red bridge. Very charming.

Hazel Ceej said...

England is beautiful hands down. I remember frequenting the National Trust site several times about two years ago. Their properties are always great places to visit and learn from. Beautiful shots. I love the portal and the red bridge. Very charming.

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