Take A Photo Tour Through Hidcote Manor Garden

Take a Photo Tour Through Hidcote Gardens

Hidcote Manor Garden has been on my mind all summer. After a major deck replacement and landscape removal, my otherwise beautiful gardens looked bleak. I needed some inspiration and remembered the extraordinary English gardens explored a few years ago while traveling through the Cotswolds.

Our first landscape crew, soon fired, cut three of my Hidcote lavender to the ground and killed them. Gah! The rest were annihilated by hail damage. Don’t worry, I planted twenty more around my circle drive. They’ll look great next year.

What they used to look like.

lavender harvest

I fired up my old laptop yesterday and took a photo tour while thinking of ways to transform my garden.

A view from inside the Garden Centre. See the horse? Wait for the next photo.

Hidcote Garden Centre

Now do you see the horses? A beautiful contrast with the green landscape.

Hidcote Gardens pasture and horse

We meandered on winding paths between sculpted hedges.

Hidcote Gardens sculptured hedges

Mature trees added interest and shade. I don’t think that umbrella-shaped variety grows here in Colorado.

Hidcote Gardens landscape

Flowers splashed throughout the beds in bursts of color, shapes and sizes and all stages of growth.

Hidcote Gardens white flowers

field of flowers

An old stone bridge invited us to explore further into the large estate.

Hidcote Garden Bridge

Rustic landscaping worked well with the chocolatey cottage behind. A blogger friend, Jim O’Sullivan, coined that special flavor. He lives in the Cotswolds too.

Hidcote's Rustic Gardens

And just when I thought I’d seen it all, a scene from The Shining appeared. This maze provided a more relaxing atmosphere.

Hidcote Gardens Hedged Maze

Hidcote Manor Garden must hire huge amounts of landscapers to maintain all of this. We didn’t see one while touring. Wow. They must work at night while wearing headlamps.

Hidcote garden maze

The simple cottages and brick walls peeked out from the verdant landscape.

Hidcote Gardens Concentric Ringed Hedges

Such a lovely place. Love the word, Lovely. Heard it a lot in England. Later that afternoon, we drove through the countryside. I screamed at my husband, Danny, to STOP!

I jumped out of the car and took pictures of my favorite flower.

Hidcote Lavender fields

I’m still working in the garden. We planted perennials yesterday and will wait a few weeks to buy shrubs. I have a few ideas for some sculpted hedges. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Are you into gardening? Would you ever tour gardens while on vacation? What’s your favorite perennial?

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  1. Beautiful gardens. I love the lavender. I must try to get more of it growing here. It takes from cuttings fairly easily. I tried it once and put cuttings in damp sandy soil in a coffee can with holes in the bottom over the winter. Int he spring I planted the cuttings with their tiny new roots and then I had several more lavender plants. I must do it again and get some more. They smell so good.

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    1. That is such a cool technique, Anneli! I’ll have to try that. Several of the original lavender planted were weird varieties. They’re lighter purple and have bigger hulls. I would love to replace them. Thanks so much for the idea!

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  2. Wow, I agree Susie, they must have an enormous staff to care for these plants! So beautiful. I use the word Lovely frequently both verbally and on my meager site. It’s great that we have a common language with England! And Canada!! 😎❤️🇺🇸🇬🇧🇨🇦

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  3. I love gardens but I hate gardening. I need a gardener. Your photos are absolutely lovely. I wish I had the money to create a garden like these. I have the space (an entire city lot) but no money or ambition to maintain it. (sigh)

    Thanks for sharing. I hope your lavender comes back extra lovely next spring.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    1. Thanks so much, Patricia!
      It’s a lot of work. I love getting my hands dirty. After two summers of setbacks, I jumped right in!
      We went backpacking this weekend and I saw the most amazing wildflowers. Nature makes it look so easy!

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  4. Will like to. On Jul 27, 2018 5:27 PM, “Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride” wrote:

    > susielindau posted: ” Hidcote Manor Garden has been on my mind all summer. > After a major deck replacement and landscape removal, my otherwise > beautiful gardens looked bleak. I needed some inspiration and remembered > the extraordinary English gardens explored a few years ago w” >

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    1. It was an amazing place! It was fun to go through my photos. Thanks, Linda! We were backpacking this weekend and feasted our eyes on tons of wildflower. Nature doesn’t need a gardener. Ha!

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    1. Yes! I should have taken more “before” pictures. They had really taken a beating between the work that was done and Mother Nature. They’re starting to shape up!
      Thanks, Patricia!

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        1. There are pubs galore, local soccer, biking, and hiking. You could also look into theater, concerts, and events! It’s the land of Shakespeare. There was an electronic music festival going on while we were there!

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  5. Beautiful gardens, Susie! I can see where you found some marvelous inspiration. In hot and dry Southern California I can’t lean in this direction but I can admire. 🙂 I go to gardens anywhere we vacation and many in our own state that inspire me to followthrough with drought tolerant landscaping. I think with today’s climate and water-shortage sensitivities “Bloom Where You are Planted” has taken on an entirely fresh meaning for me. And the key thought is ADAPT! Anything alive is beautiful and can provide garden serenity, but an English garden is high up there among the most gracious and inviting. Good luck cultivating your lavender again! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Debra!
      We went backpacking this weekend at the peak of wildflower season! It’s amazing how they survive the tough high altitude weather conditions. They were gorgeous!
      Hidcote was on another level!! Mine are coming around, slowly but surely. 🙂

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