Courting Favour

(Grrrr – having to retype text as everything disappeared when I pressed ‘publish’! Grrrr)

We have taken a leaf out of other garden bloggers’ books today by going out visiting while the weather is tolerable and properties are still open. We are fortunate in the Midlands to have a huge range and number of places to visit within easy reach, although we have now visited most of the local National Trust places. We decided to go to Coughton Court near Alcester in Warwickshire again, as it is a long time since we have been and we didn’t go into the walled garden that time. The property, which played a small part in the Gunpowder Plot, has been home to the Throckmortons since 1409 and the family still live in one wing.

The gardens were redesigned in the 1990s by Clare McLaren-Throckmorton and her daughter, the acclaimed garden designer Christina Williams, and the Rose Labyrinth is recognised as one of the finest rose gardens in the world – even at this time of year it was attractive with clematis and other underplanting, but it would be stunning in June and July. There was also a delightful knot garden with a range of herbs, perfectly pleached avenues of limes, hot and cool borders, White Border (more phlox – how much we have all noticed the phlox this year!), bog garden, heritage orchard, etc – the list goes on, so I shall just post some photos for you to enjoy:

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3 Responses to Courting Favour

  1. paulinemulligan says:

    What a lovely place to visit with super planting, I think I would get lots of inspiration from this garden, plenty here for the bees and butterflies to enjoy.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the Rose Labyrinth was a superb concept, with winding paths and dense planting – earlier in the year it would be intense with colour and fragrance, and any photographs at this time of year wouldn’t do it justice. You could look at the website for a better idea – the sculpture at the centre of the labyrinth is ‘Fair Rosamund’, lover of King Henry II, who was allegedly poisoned in the labyrinth at Woodstock by the jealous Queen Eleanor, and is appropriately surrounded by Rosa Mundi.

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