Category Archives: Country Houses & Gardens

Water Lily and Leaves

Water Lily leaves and their flowers are a common feature of ponds and lakes in the UK. The leaves may be green, but sometimes they are purplish-red. The water may be brown, as in this image. But sometimes it is … Continue reading

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Perfect Symmetry

Sharp frosts and bright sunny days are days to be enjoyed and photographed. Especially when one is rewarded with an image like this. How do trees achieve this level of symmetry? I spotted this example late in the afternoon on … Continue reading

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Gargoyle

Not a classical gargoyle high up on one of our Cathedrals but sited just below the rim of an ornamental fountain in Nymans Gardens, and it was definitely a gargoyle. On the day this image was shot the water was … Continue reading

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Taller than you

Last week we discovered Winkworth Arboretum, a National Trust site close to Godalming. It comprises an extensive wooded valley with a lake, once owned by Dr Wilfred Fox to use ‘as a canvas for planting trees to paint a picture’. … Continue reading

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The Orangery

Wrest Park in Bedfordshire is a superb country estate that had its origins in the early seventeenth century but was developed later by the de Grey family and is dominated by the French-style mansion built in the nineteenth century. In … Continue reading

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Water Lily Leaves_2

It’s surprising how many Stately Home gardens include a lake or pond. And where there is water in a landscaped environment, Water Lilies are likely to be found. No flowers at this time of the year, but the leaves themselves … Continue reading

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Surfacing

We returned, as we do often, to Stowe Gardens at the weekend – our first visit of the year. Spring has been making very rapid progress thanks to warm sunny weather in the last week or so. And it has … Continue reading

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