We start our England and Scotland travelogue in Essex, at the home of our Daughter and Son-in-law, and travel onto Hyde Hall, operated by the Royal Horticultural Society. But first a word from our sponsors – Ruby and Crystal – the powers behind the throne!
Essex isn’t always treated with respect among the English, but it has some beautiful countryside and many places of interest. Fairly close to where we are staying is Hyde Hall, a country estate with a great variety of garden types. So our journey begins in this lovely setting with a few photographs to whet the appetite.
I really love the colours of the mosses and the patterns of the tree bark.
These flowers were a favourite of mine growing up. The common name is so perfect.
There is a part of the garden set aside for species that grow in arid conditions. The grasses are quite spectacular.
We grew gazanias at the cabin this year – for the first time – now everywhere we go we see gazillions of gazanias. I can’t believe I was oblivious to this variety until this year.
Is this a Black-eyed Susan? Such a beauty whatever its name
One of the old buildings at Hyde Hall was covered in Virginia Creeper that was just getting its autumnal colours.
We saw a tree with a number of wine corks hanging from it. I didn’t know corks were the fruit of the cork tree – and it turns out they are not. It’s just another rumour like the Treacle Mine and the Fog Factory. They were hung there to indicate one of the products made from this amazing bark. Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy. What do you expect after emptying so many bottles of wine to get corks to display.
These little guys were poking up out of the grass. They look like crocuses to me but could be anemones or something else entirely. By now you will realize I am not a botanist. But like the man said “I know what I like”. DL says they are Colchicums
Here is another blooming lovely – such a delicate petal and pattern.
We ended our walk through Hyde Hall with still much to see. It’s one of those places to visit frequently.
Next stop on our tour is Haddo House in Scotland. We flew up to Edinburgh by Queasy Jet – so I may get a little distracted speaking about that adventure first.
If anyone knows the proper names for any of the flowers in this post please let me know in the comments.