Battle Scene

IMG_5605I have hardly known what day of the week it was recently, with taking a friend to visit an NGS Yellow Book garden on Sunday, visiting lovely fellow-blogger Noelle of Stasher in Kenilworth (above) on Monday and meeting up with my two sisters, Elder Daughter and The Poppet in London on Tuesday (below, St James’s Park).

IMG_5619 IMG_5620Although Kenilworth has had its fair share of rebellions and local battles and regularly hosts re-enactments and jousting we were not in danger of attack on our visit and safely visited the recreated Elizabethan garden, lost for 400 years and now believed to be the IMG_5608most complete picture of an Elizabethan garden anywhere in the world. Originally created for Queen Elizabeth I by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester at a time when he still hoped to marry her, the garden designed to seduce and beguile and, with the help of an extraordinary eye witness description from 1575, a Ā£3 million investment made possible the re-creation of the sights, sounds and scents that would have greeted Queen Elizabeth I when she first walked its paths. Living locally, Noelle had the thrill of volunteering in the garden and being involved in its progress from the start.

Thankfully IĀ  know today is Thursday and have been home based since these jaunts, so after other activities yesterday I can now continue with on-going garden tasks where casualties continue to pile up – mostly ivy, but you may note that the old cherry has been further reduced in height and stripped of his ivy uniform. After some thought, I have decided to keep the stumps at this height as they screen the stack of chairs behind them. Ideas are now being formulated for the area at the base of the wall – but there are a lot of roots to remove first!

Meanwhile, here in our part of the UK Midlands we are still waiting for the promised rain…..sigh…..


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22 Responses to Battle Scene

  1. Glad to hear you escaped Kenilworth unscathed and thank you for the romantic story behind Dudley, Earl of Leicester’s garden.
    Given the lack of rain, your hostas are looking resplendent. I’m sure the great clearance will pay off.

  2. johnvic8 says:

    I hope that the clouds that dropped four inches of rain on us will make its way to you in due time.

  3. Chloris says:

    You have been having a good time. Seeing your family, meeting another blogger and beautiful Kenilworth. What fun. The rain has arrived here this evening. What a relief, I am sick of endless watering.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh it was Chloris! And yes, half an inch of rain on Thursday night and a damp Friday have really made a difference – hurrah!

  4. Noelle says:

    Wasn’t it a lovely day Cathy? So pleased you other visits went well too. Those park designers and gardeners do a wonderful job of bringing colour to our lives,
    Would love to meet any other In the Vase on Monday contributors who are in the area, and take them into the Castle for a Visit.

    • Cathy says:

      It was indeed Noelle – such a pleasure meeting other bloggers. Those borders in St James’s Park were a great combination of annuals and perennials – we wondered what they did with them at the end of the season.

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    Our garden club is having a talk about the development of that garden in November. We must try and visit it sometime as it is on our door step. We are still waiting for the promised rain!!!

    • Cathy says:

      Sometimes you have to make a special effort to visit local places don’t you? šŸ˜‰ No doubt you got rain around the same time as us Brian – very welcome!

  6. Debra says:

    Stunning grounds and I’m sure I would love the chance to visit Kenilworth! The garden is exquisite! I loved your photos. šŸ™‚

  7. Anna says:

    Oh it sounds as if your feet are not touching the ground Cathy but how good it is to be so pleasantly busy. The garden at Kenilworth looks most interesting and we will certainly visit if we’re ever in that neck of the woods. The rain has arrived here in buckets this morning so gardening is on hold. Hope that you manage to get out at some point to continue with your labours.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, a damp day here too on Friday Anna, so gardening tasks were on hold – but I have managed some deadheading today. Much as I enjoyed gadding about it is good to be back home again!

  8. Christina says:

    Your garden seems to have endless corners that I don’t understand where they ‘fit’. I will enjoy seeing what ideas you decide on for this newly created area.

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee – not intentional! šŸ™‚ This is behind the sheds and I stand with my back to it when I take photos of the main herbaceous beds…

      • Christina says:

        The open fronted building looks very interesting, I can imagine it being converted into a rather elegant pavilion with a pool or formal bed in front of it. Now there’s a new project for you!!!!

        • Cathy says:

          That is the ‘shed extension’, Christina, an overhang added to to the shed just before I started the blog early in 2012, mainly to house the scaffolding behind the bench. I rather suspect that elegance and formality will always be absent from this garden šŸ˜‰ (but thanks for the suggestion!)

  9. Lucky Noelle, for being involved in such a project! You must tell me what you thought of it. It has interested me since I first read about it, and, considering how close it is, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t visited yet!

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