It's been a gloriously sunny spring day where I live, so DH and I decided to leave the gardening for a day and have a trip out to the Cotswolds. We absolutely love whizzing about in our little Mazda with the roof down; wind in our hair, flies in our teeth, and lips frozen into a wide grin! The car is very old, and only comes out when the weather is fine, but it's a brilliant little thing.
Anyway, we ended up at Hidcote Manor, which is about 40 minutes drive away from us. It's supposed to be one of England's finest gardens, and it certainly was very pleasant. The gardens are divided up into small rooms and each one is different, so there was lots to see despite being so early in the season. The smell of these hyacinths was amazing....
Looking across a mass of tulips.
Below: these purple flowers are a perenniel sweet pea; not the usual variety but a tiny weeny one. They didn't have any in the shop or I might have ended up with a few.
This is the gardener's cottage.
The manor house.
The Red Border
Big cabbagey pink roses grow up these posts in the summer.
If you look carefully you can see a little stream in this one.....
The newt pond (I don't know if that's what it's called, but it's full of newts so seems appropriate.)
I loved being underneath this acer, and looking up into the blue sky. Aren't the colours fabulous?
And finally, the goldfish pond.