Westbury Court, Charlecote Park, and Oxford Botanic Gardens

 

Westbury Court Garden is the only Dutch style water garden.

 

So many exciting things have been happening this week!

On Thursday, we went to Westbury Court Garden, a Dutch water garden that is owned by the National Trust. Impressively, this garden is currently maintained by one amazing full time gardener and a part time gardener!

A recent problem in horticulture is boxwood blight. Soon, these parterres will be removed due to the blight.

A recent problem in the horticulture world is boxwood blight. Soon, these parterres will be removed due to the blight.

 

A field of naturalized buttercups on the side of Westbury Court.

A field of naturalized buttercups on the side of Westbury Court.

We have also car now! Which allows us to now travel out even farther than before!

Buckle up, England.

Buckle up, England.

After work on Friday, we decided to practice driving by heading to Charlecote Park, another property of the National Trust.

Charlecote park is where a grand 16th century home of the Lucy Family is located. The surrounding area is open parkland designed by Capability Brown.

Charlecote park is where a grand 16th century home is located. The surrounding area is open parkland designed by Capability Brown.

Today we went to Oxford to visit its Botanic Garden.

The gate of Oxford Botanic Garden. This picture is a fine example of my everyday struggle of getting no people in the picture (five attempts).

The gate of Oxford Botanic Garden. This picture is a fine example of my everyday struggle to have no people in the pictures (five attempts).

A water lilly display in a glass house!

A water lilly display in a glass house!

Eichhornia crassipes (Water Hyacinth). A beautiful aquatic flower, but is considered a weed in the southern areas of the United States where it will overtake a lake or river.

Eichhornia crassipes (Water Hyacinth). A beautiful aquatic flower, but is considered a weed in the southern areas of the United States where it will overtake a lake or river.

 

A Lovely Rock Garden

Oxford’s Rock Garden.

 

Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm) out on display outside. Trachycarpus is mildly cold tolerant.

Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm) out on display outside. Trachycarpus is cold tolerant, if protected properly.

 

My favorite new plant I learned today! Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' (Pagoda Dogwood). The variegation of the leaves allows it to be a fine specimen tree even when it is not in flower!

My favorite new plant I learned today! Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ (Pagoda Dogwood). The variegation of the leaves allows it to be a fine specimen tree even when it is not in flower!

3 comments

  1. I hope you can bring back some of the Brirish appreciation for colored foliage in trees. Americans seem to be hung up on green for some reason. The gold ulmus all over UK gardens is so impressive this time of year!!

  2. There’s no stopping you guys now you have a set of wheels! I’m planning on visiting Oxford Botanic Gardens next weekend, it seems like it’s looking good at the moment judging from your photos đŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: