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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Baddesley Clinton, Beautiful borders, Scarecrows and fungi.

My favourite times to visit Baddesley Clinton have to be Spring and Autumn. In Spring there are beautiful daffodils everywhere and with the backdrop of the house and it's reflection, it always makes  a perfect picture.
                                  I love the reflection you get in the water.

For me, I think Baddesley's garden looks it's best at the end of August and during September. The borders are full of flowers and the dahlia border is worth the trip alone. It is full of the most beautiful different varieties.

So many colours.

Each petal is so perfect.

 The second long border which runs from the same corner in another direction, is also very pretty at the moment. It has a more wild cottage flowers feel to it which I love.

Another flower I really like is the Gazania. I found a few in this garden. A beautiful flower that opens and closes with the day.

Honey bees are loving the flowers too!

I had a couple of hours to spare this day as after dropping my son at college, it wasn't really worth driving home again so I walked around Baddesley Clinton instead and it was a really lovely walk. I nearly didn't go into the vegetable garden but I am so pleased I did. All I can say is that someone has a great imagination. :):) I am loving the new volunteers.  :)

This was 'Bobbin Wood'. By each scarecrow is a card with a few words on it and some of them are really funny. If you visit you must read them.

                                                'Dick Turnip'

In the  Vegetable Garden you get a few surprises. Here is 'Long John Sweetcorn'

I love the work that has gone into some of these scarecrows. The detail is great!

Even a mouse got in on the act :)

'Jack The Slipper'

'The Artful Roger'

 I loved these two! 'Mr and Mrs Gladstone. Someone with a sense of humor made these. Notice the Next carrybag and the bottles of gin. :)

Mrs Gladstone is brilliant!

'Sweedy Todd'

There was a lovely little flower display in front of  'Sweedy Todd'. I think it said it was a Victorian border but I might have got this wrong. It was very colourful. It reminded me of the sort of flowers you used to get in Jephsons Gardens in Leamington Spa.

'Pea Cliffe'


 This next photo might look a little strange but I took it because I liked the pastel colours I could see between the French bean rows. I noticed it as I was walking by and just really liked it.

                                             'Detective Sherbet Gnomes'

And last but not least 'Ebanana Scrooge'

Which even had a Christmas tree with it!

On the way back to the car I walked through the little wooded area and look what I found. As the weeks go on, more and more fungi will appear. The end of September and through October is very good for spotting fungi. First thing in the morning is the best time but if you don't know what they are, it is best to leave them alone as some mushrooms are poisonous. You might find these pages helpful to identify some of them.

                                    These ones remind me of seashells.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it. 

Here is a link to Baddesley Clinton.

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