The Exedera

Set in a hidden Cotswold valley, Painswick Rococo Garden is home to one of the best snowdrop displays in Gloucestershire. It was originally the garden of Painswick House which was built in 1735 for Charles Hyett. He died in 1738 and it was his son Benjamin who created the garden in the Rococo style, which was the height of fashion at that time. Rococo gardens incorporated a mix of the formal garden style, mixed with natural landscapes and decorated with ornate follies, temples and other structures. A Rococo garden symbolised decadence and pleasure, a place where the aristocracy could show off and entertain their guests. The Rococo style did not last long and few gardens from the period survived intact.
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Picked these lovely flowers from my garden this morning, including Sweet box, hellebores, snowdrops and Viburnum Tinus. Most of these you would expect to see in flower at this time of year, but I didn’t expect to find live caterpillars or daisies on the lawn in February!

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The 2nd of February is Candlemas Day, a Christian Church festival. Snowdrops are also known as ‘Candlemas Bells’ so I thought they would be a good choice for my photo of the day.

For me, snowdrops signify the first tentative signs that the garden is awakening from its winter slumber. Roll on spring!

Macro of clump of snowdrops, with bokeh background showing other snowdrops

Check out my review of The Rococo Gardens in Painswick, Gloucestershire to see the snowdrops.