Tuesday, 6 May 2014

A visit to Lytes Cary Manor

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!

Amy

54 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed the walk around with you. The stone trough was beautiful with the tulips. The chapel was a real delight I love to visit old churches. If only some of the pews could talk I bet they would have a few tales to tell. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you, glad that you enjoyed it! There are lots of memorials in the chapel, so there are many tales to tell indeed! xx

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  2. Such beautiful photo's Amy, I'm a sucker for a good NT garden. We are very near to Stourhead and it is one of my most favourite places in the world.
    Have a great week,
    Kate x

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    1. Thanks Kate, I have only been to Stourhead briefly for one visit, but I must go again as I understand that it is beautiful. xx

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  3. Wow! Beautiful shots. That Topiary is incredible, I love it. You are so lucky to be surrounded by so much history. I would be very happy living in the UK...Mel x

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  4. What beautiful photos Amy. I felt like I was right there with you. Wendell would love this place. He loves British history and probably knows more than I do! (Shame!)

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  5. I'll let you know when I move in!
    Jane x

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  6. It's such a beautiful place! The flowers are lovely, I am intrigued by the bleeding heart plant - I've never come across it before, but it looks gorgeous :) xx

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    1. The bleeding heart is quite readily available in garden centres at this time of year if you have a look Helen and really is very easy to grow! xx

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  7. What a lovely way to spend the day.
    Marianne x

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  8. What a lovely place to visit. The tulips are gorgeous and I love that teeny tiny window, I wonder why it's so small.

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  9. Lovely photo's Amy. Not one we have visited before so nice to have joined you around the gardens.

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  10. Gorgeous post, Amy! I loved it all. We visit lots of National Trust properties but we haven't visited this one (yet) so it was lovely to see it through your eyes today! And I see what you mean about the tiny window!! Gorgeous gardens, and lovely photos, thank you!
    Helen xox

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  11. Stunning photos of a beautiful property. Thank you for taking us along.
    Meredith

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  12. It was so interesting to see all this!!!So much green and lovely flowers.I love the traditional English topiaries, sometimes gardeners create so unexpected green figures! I The stone trough filled with tulips is simply fantastic!

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  13. Super photos, Amy, Lytes Cary Manor looks fascinating and I love all the topiary and those beautiful tulips:)

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  14. Hey Amy,
    I love the NT. We use our membership all the time here.
    Leanne xx

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    1. I bet that you get great use of the NT where you live as there is so much NT coastline down there apart from anything else! xx

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  15. Thank, you so much Amy for sharing your wonderful pictures with us. I love the flowers and inside of the Church.
    A fabulous, fabulous way to spend a day.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed it Irene, very happy to share with you! xx

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  16. It's beautiful there and so well-maintained. The topiary shapes are just immaculate and I love the red tulips in the barrel. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Great photos Amy, will definitely visit if ever we're in the area. I love topiary and would like some in my garden, although probably not on the same scale as in your photos! Have a good week.
    Jane x

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  18. For that little window alone I want to go! It is all in the details! National Trust is a true treassure! I enjoy many days out visiting different houses etc. Thank you for sharing your visit! Anna x

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    1. The little window was so cute! I'm glad that you enjoyed it Anna. xx

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  19. Amy, what a lovely place and I loved visiting it through your eyes and camera. I love formal gardens - they are so beautiful.
    Thank you so much for the comments on my blog - they really lifted my spirits - you are such a kind person.

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  20. What a treasure that house and garden are! Wow! Loved taking a walk with you!

    xo

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  21. It looks a lovely place to visit & the tulips look wonderful. The wool I bought yesterday matches the colour of the Chinese dish!

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  22. A lovely post - we are so fortunate to have the NT - you could go somewhere every weekend and never in a lifetime visit all of the places. Lytes Cary Manor is an especially pleasing manor to visit.

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    1. You are so right Rosemary, so many places and so little time! It is good to go to different places though isn't it. xx

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  23. Love the Tulips, glorious colours. I haven't seen cloud pruning before, I think they look lovely xx

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  24. I loved this post Amy and your photos are beautiful. We are National Trust members and spend many an afternoon taking in the delights of theses wonderful properties and their gardens.
    Patricia x

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    1. There are so many lovely places to visit aren't there Patricia, glad that you liked the look round. xx

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  25. Great post felt like I've walked around the garden with you. The tulips are a lovely splash of colour. x

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    1. It would have been lovely to have walked round in person, but I'm glad that you enjoyed this instead! xx

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  26. Beautiful photos the topiary takes my breath away!

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  27. Beautiful photo's I love the garden, those pollarded tree's are very striking. :)

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  28. What a beautiful garden!! I liked the "cloud" pruning of the bushes. I wonder what was the purpose of the tiny window? There must be a story there somewhere. Your photos are great Amy, and I know what you mean about taking photos through a doorway. There's usually a setting on your camera to compensate for the contrast (if you still have the manual for your camera). You caught a really nice view through that doorway! Thanks for sharing a bit more of your holiday. Wendy x

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  29. AHHH!!!!! My tongue is tied! I can't even speak! That garden is just way too beautiful! My goodness! Jaw dropping! As are your photos friend! Wishing you a lovely day and thanks for sharing this one! Nicole xoxo

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  30. Lovely pics Amy especially the tulips - beautiful. Looks well worth a visit. XX

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    1. The tulips really are lovely, but you should see my post from today on Montacute, they really are spectacular! xx

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  31. Oh those tulips... and those topiaries... Thanks for sharing these lovely pics, what a beautiful place to spend a day.
    xx

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  32. I enjoyed your tour, Amy. I agree, those tulips look so effective planted en masse like that, but that tiny window is wonderful! It's like a fairy window. Do you know what it was for or why it is there? Fascinating! x

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  33. Amy,
    This is a wonderful place to visit. You took some very nice photos, enjoying tour.

    On another note. I have decided to keep blogging when I can. & I have also decided on another blog. I will let you know more about that. Lol...Have a good day...

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed it Patricia! Glad that you changed your mind about the blogging too!! xx

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  34. What a lovely place to visit. It would take a long time to keep those gardens maintained! I feel tired thinking about it. :)

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    1. It must be an awful lot of work, and I expect that it is mostly done by volunteers which makes it even more amazing I think. xx

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  35. Beautiful gardens the topiary is wonderful! Sarah x

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  36. Lovey gardens and stunning topiary. I have tried a few topiary shapes over the years, including a bugs head, a spiral and balls. They are great fun.

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  37. Lovely gardens and the little window would be perfect for the next photo scavenger hunt - damn, why don't I live near enough! x

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    1. You could bring the picture up on your computer and take a picture of the computer - that really is scavenging! If you would like to do this, please feel free to, but if you could link back to me that would be great. Thanks. xx

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