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.
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.
Now do you see the horses? A beautiful contrast with the green landscape.
We meandered on winding paths between sculpted hedges.
Mature trees added interest and shade. I don’t think that umbrella-shaped variety grows here in Colorado.
Flowers splashed throughout the beds in bursts of color, shapes and sizes and all stages of growth.
An old stone bridge invited us to explore further into the large estate.
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.
And just when I thought I’d seen it all, a scene from The Shining appeared. This maze provided a more relaxing atmosphere.
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.
The simple cottages and brick walls peeked out from the verdant landscape.
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.
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?