Maytime: one of my favourite months in a lovely season for enjoying the garden.
Now that the weather has slightly improved I'm hoping to make some return visits to the nearby houses and gardens that I love best. On the top of my list are Renishaw and Haddon Hall. It's always a pleasure to visit at different seasons to see the plants in flower, appreciate the designer's vision and the work of the gardeners who maintain the grounds.
In the sixteenth century the owners of Haddon Hall, John Manners and Dorothy Vernon, built the Long Gallery and they also laid the garden below the windows. Viewed from the windows, the garden would have featured an elaborate Elizabethan knot garden with gravel paths in between. Traditionally, this would have been planted with low growing herbs such as evergreen hyssop or germander which could be clipped into low hedges to form interweaving patterns. There would have been fragrant plants such as lemon balm, thyme and lavender that could be used for medicinal purposes. (Notes taken from 'Haddon Hall' written by Bryan Cleary).
Interestingly, this photograph was taken of a corner of one of the top terraces about three years ago
in Springtime and before the new planting scheme was laid out to reflect the garden's
Elizabethan origins as well as preserve the restoration work carried out in the 1930s by the present owner's grandmother, the Duchess of Rutland.
This is the same area taken in June last year.
It was a drizzly day - the red in the corner is an umbrella being held over me by a friend - we were in an out of the house in between the showers! There's so much of interest that one can return
many times and always enjoy the day in the house and grounds.