A Winter Snowdrop Tour - Part 1 (Hidcote)


Photo 1: Snowdrops at Upton House (26/2/23)

We recently visited The Weir Garden, a 10-minute drive from home, to see the spring bulbs and especially the snowdrops. Last weekend we stayed with our son & fiancee near Bicester and took the opportunity to track down even more snowdrops on 'un Petit Tour des Jardins des Cotswolds'.

On the way, we broke the journey at the National Trust's Hidcote, an Arts and Crafts-inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswolds hills.

Photo 2: Entrance to Hidcote (24/2/23)

There were violets near the cafe ...

Photo 3: Violets at Hidcote (24/2/23)

And crocuses in the kitchen garden ...

Photo 4: Crocuses near the entrance to the kitchen garden (24/2/23)

And finally, snowdrops near the Rock Bank ...

Photo 5: Snowdrops near the Rock Bank (24/2/23)

Temperature-wise it was a fairly typical late-February day but the north-easter made it feel bitterly cold. Much of the garden was roped off so we did not linger too long. Just long enough to take a few more photos. A chilly day for a dip ...

Photo 6: The Bathing Pool (24/2/23)

Another door to add to Mary's collection (it's an obsession really) ...

Photo 7: Entrance to the Second-hand Bookshop

A potential future art/painting project for Mary ...

Photo 8: Entwined Wisteria Branches (24/2/23)

And, finally, a reminder of why we were there ...

Photo 9: Snowdrops at Hidcote (24/2/23)

PS: An exhibition of textile works by Kaffe Fassett was on display in the Manor House which pleased Mary no end!

Photo 10: Colour with Kaffe at Hidcote Exhibition (24/2/23)


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