Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Superb Woodland Gardens at Bowood and Sculptures at Lacock

I went for a day out with a friend yesterday, the weather was perfect, a sudden rush of summer made us a bit lazy and ready to look more carefully than usual, or maybe it was the vibrancy of the colours which made us stand and stare.
Sue had suggested we visit Bowood, not having been there since I visited for the children's adventure area, I wasn't sure what to expect. But it wasn't the main parkland, but the woodland area we were visiting. There is a fabulous collection of Rhododendrons dating back to 1854 when 300 were bought for £4.15s, so many different sorts as well as Camellias and Magnolias, with a carpet of bluebells in many places. It has been home to the Lansdowne family for 250 years
I took some great photos, hard not to really with such wonderful colours, so here they are:
 The blue of the bluebells was like a carpet, and below a lovely pink Rhododendron
 A gorgeous Magnolia flower:

 A couple more photos where I liked the backdrop of the trees and colour of the bluebells
 This was an intriguing Rhododendron with red stigmas and a very tubular flower shape.

 Light pink and dark pink Rhododendrons

 There's a Mausoleum at the far end of the garden with wonderful views over the plain.

 Above a bright orange Azalea and a bright red Rhododendron
 From there we went to Lacock had lunch in the Red Lion, and then for a look round the Abbey
 There is currently an exhibition of sculpture  until 22 May celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. I particularly liked willow artist Woody Fox's creatures.
 I could keep on photographing the Abbey, the architecture is so pleasing
 You'll need to go and have a look at these fish in the pond, Woody Fox again.
Bowood and Lacock are very close, we ended up going via the centre of Chippenham which wasn't the correct route, lovely day out.

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