Sunday, 26 May 2013

the Courts garden at Holt

There's a bright golden haze on the meadow...! Yes, I love a sunny day so yesterday Mark and I headed off to Holt to the National Trust's The Courts. It is such a beautiful place - just the right balance between formal gardens with manicured lawns, ponds and channels of water, strangely shaped hedges etc and wild areas of buttercups and Queen Anne's Lace.

the Courts at Holt

The vegetable and fruit garden is particularly fine; allium and violas snuggling between the rows of veg and blossoming fruit trees. I have long coveted a rhubarb forcer like this one (will add it to my Christmas list).

rhubarb forcer

the Courts at Holt

It was such a lovely day, there were more visitors than I have seen there before - including several extended families picnicking in the less formal areas, and this little fella exploring the gardens and rushing up to anyone who would make a fuss of him...

little black cat
...what a garden to play in!

It was so hot and sunny, I had to do my English rose act in a wide-brimmed hat.

reflections of an English rose

For a little shade, this tree was perfect.

beautiful tree at the Courts, Holt

Even when we left the gardens, plants in the village were competing...this clematis montana seems set on world domination!

clematis montana on a mission


  1. I've never seen a rhubarb forcer before, but it seems like a really good idea - I am very fond of rhubarb!

    You must have had a lovely day out!

    1. it was a very lovely day. You can buy modern rhubarb forcers that look quite similar and are about £20 and I could age it with some live yoghurt.