Tuesday, 2 May 2017


A week ago we all felt a bit taken down by current circumstances, studies, work, personal issues etc. We went to Hidcote Gardens and Manor House. Such a tranquil and soothing place, heals the soul. We live nearby so visit often! Hidcote is one of the worlds most famous gardens due to the different "rooms". All in different colours and with different themes. From the white garden to the french... Sissinghurst Garden are similar in style.
Here some history (Wikipedia)  The Americans, Lawrence Johnston and his mother, settled in Britain about 1900, and Lawrence immediately became a British citizen and fought in the British army during the Boer war. In 1907 Johnston's mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop (she had re-married), purchased the Hidcote Manor Estate. It was situated in a part of Britain with strong connections to the then-burgeoning Arts and Crafts movement and an Anglicized American artistic expatriate community centred nearby at Broadway, Worcestershire.
Johnston soon became interested in turning the fields around the house into a garden. By 1910 he had begun to lay out the key features of the garden, and by the 1920s he had twelve full-time gardeners working for him.
After World War II Johnston spent most of his time at Jardin Serre de la Madone, his garden in the south of France; and in 1947 he entrusted Hidcote to the National Trust.
The style of the garden has been widely imitated. In 2007 a temporary garden designed by Chris Beardshaw that drew inspiration from Johnson's Hidcote was constructed at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
This year the garden was full och these "shard edged" tulips. In the entrance in yellow. Pink was the biggest theme of the garden this spring.

Just look at these magnificent tulips with its matching background!

Beautiful borders and my son specifically loved this cypress tree...

More pinks, here mixed with orange, brave!

Blues mixed with purple and lovely growing sculptures of birds.

My lovely husband Bruce is having a rest in of the lovely decorated "huts".

My son Hugo with girlfriend Perdi took the opportunity to have a rest at the same time.

The surrounding landscape looks like taken from a period drama! It is for real!

One of my favourite at this time of the year, Skunk Lily, yes, it stinks but is soo decorative...
We say goodbye from Hidcote with this lovely view...

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