Oh, it wasn’t a great start to the day and I’m not really the better of it yet. Performance piddling – Flow and Scan – is not especially demanding but neither is it my favourite first thing in the morning activity. The necessity of taking on extra liquid to ensure a release at the appointment time is understandable but it ledt me feeling uncomfortable for the rest of the morning. The Head Gardener took pity on me, I think, and suggested an afternoon walk in Mount Congreve Gardens which are only ten minutes away and I was only delighted to do just that.
There is always something of interest in Mount Congreve. The woodland garden has entered its quiet phase with the passing of the flowering periods of Magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias yet there are still spots of interest and much of beauty. It is also the season for the hydrangeas to feature and, with about a kilometre of them along the path at the lower level of the garden, they certainly are both beautiful and impressive.
A selection of views along the Hydrangea Walk:
And, some individual hydrangea flowerheads:
And, if one must pick a favourite on the day, it has to be Hydrangea ‘Anthony Bullevant’
The hydrangeas may be the highlight plants of the moment but there are many other parts of the garden which I always enjoy:
Finally, a few odds and ends from another very enjoyable visit to Mount Congreve Gardens: