People have told me that Hole Park Garden is a 'must visit' for the bluebells, but Battleaxe hadn't realised just what a wonderful place it is. We went just in time to catch the bluebells before they went over, the garlic was amazing, rhododendrons and azaleas were just arriving, tulips were still out, and the trees had the most beautiful delicate spring foliage.
|Could bluebells be bluer?|
The estate still belongs to the Barham family, who laid out the garden around 1911. There are many large mature trees incorporated into the garden, which would once have stood in the park - I love big trees.
|Beautiful copper beech|
|'The Eagle Slayer' was exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851|
|Vibrant red rhododendron|
Oh - one last thing, it was quiet in the wood - just us and the birdsong for much of the time - and we heard a cuckoo.