As you know I love National Trust places - working at one 'an all! So while we were away we visited a couple of spots that we had been to before for a quick look around - and a chance to get some pictures to share with you of course!
Rather than bore you with lots of history - because I can go on a bit about that! - I would suggest that you read about this house - Lytes Cary Manor here at the National Trust website. It is a very interesting place and has beautiful gardens, which are mainly what I concentrated on photographing!
So, here in (sorry, quite a lot) photos is a record of our most recent visit.
There were some beautiful pots of tulips, I love this massed effect.
I loved this stone trough that has been repurposed as a flower planter, I think that it really suits the tulips.
These pollarded trees will soon be in leaf, it is amazing how they grow despite being cut back so hard isn't it.
I don't think that a peacock topiary will be featuring in my garden anytime soon, but it is great to see it here.
There is a lot of topiary in the garden outside the house as you can see from all of these pictures.
This dish is Chinese Celadon Ware, I love this colour.
A view of the garden from inside the house, you get more of the view from here and can see the surrounding landscape as well.
I have a thing about taking pictures through doorways. The don't always work as sometimes the contrast between light and dark can be too much, but it seemed to work this time!
This Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) reminded me that mine at home would probably be out - and it was, and still is!
There is a chapel at the house, it is very small, but beautifully formed and is a lovely quiet place to visit and sit and contemplate.
This window really is tiny, it is only a few inches high. My hand in the photo below is right in front of the window so you can see how small it is - the photo is not an optical illusion!
The hedges around the edge of the garden are not pruned in the way that you might expect. They are a version of cloud pruning. The hedges are allowed to grow into more free form shapes that are then clipped to give a definite outline, but not the usual straight lines or topiary shapes. I like the contrast between the two sorts of pruning.
I hope that you enjoyed the gardens as much as I did!