Saturday, 30 April 2016

West Green House Garden

As I promised yesterday, today I have the rest of our visit to West Green House Garden to share with you.  There were far too many pictures for Five On Friday and I have to stick to the rules don't I!
You can find out more information about the gardens here if you are interested.
You enter the garden just past the tea room - which we didn't visit, but I understand they have some great things to eat and drink.  There is a lovely courtyard area where you can sit and enjoy your cuppa and slice of cake. 

Just after the first courtyard area is a walled garden with more tables and chairs for sitting and having your tea.  There are also some beautiful pots of tulips and many box hedges and topiaries.

From there you go into the main formal garden.  It looked really great and there were lots of plants to see, but I can imagine that it is even better in the summer.  Hopefully we will return to see it again then.

The house isn't open as the property is leased to a tenant, but you can see the outside from various places.

There are so many different paths and focal points to enjoy.  The tulips were the main plant of interest and so lovely to see.  Ours are behind these.

There are several water areas in the garden and this wonderful circular Moon Gate leads to one of them.  I adore this opening in the wall!

Just as we walked through the Moon Gate the water started to flow and you can just see in the picture below the water coming down at the top and it is still dry at the bottom of the rill.

This is the main focal point for this part of the garden.  You cannot walk up to the fountain at the end, although we did walk past it a little later via a different path, so we will come to that in a little bit.

The path up to the fountain was laid with these amazing mill stones.

This is where the water disappears underground to be pumped back up to the start to flow all over again.  So simply, but elegantly done.

We then wandered around another path back along the other side of the formal gardens and admired some of the lovely flowers as we walked.  Forgetmenots and bluebells.

Again, more tulips and many topiaries.

Then we stepped through into the wilder areas of the gardens.

There are some large lakes and had obviously been lots of daffodils out in bloom, but we had missed those sadly.

We then came across another water feature area.  There were two of these features next to each other, each identical to the other.

I am not sure what these beautiful yellow flowers are.  I think for some reason that they are erythroniums?  Perhaps someone can tell me.

We then reached the water fountain that I mentioned before.  This is what the main fountain looks like and you can read the plaque above it.

Above is looking out across the formal garden from a higher view point.  You can see how large it is, this is only a small part of it.

This is a chicken house.  Yes.  A Chinese Palace for chickens!!!

We then went for a wander through the Oriental section of the garden.

There were some nice features and touches, but I think there is more to come later in the year that will make this area more spectacular to visit.

Another water feature.  There were many aspects of water in the garden.

This garden is a Chelsea Flower Show Garden which has been moved here.  Apparently it is a Work In Progress.

We then sort of retraced some our steps from earlier.

Finally we ended up back in the formal garden where I just had to photograph these spectacular tulips.  They are so pretty, I love the speckles and the frilly edges.  Amazing plants!

That was the end of our visit.  If you are ever in the area of the garden it is well worth a visit and I would certainly return again and hope that I will!