I thought I would take a peek at the snowdrops at Cerney House Gardens, near Cirencester, in Gloucestershire this week – they have been flowering for weeks now and guessed they wouldn’t be around too much longer.
Easton Walled Gardens are set in a beautiful valley in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside, just south of Grantham. The 12 acres of gardens were abandoned in 1951 when Easton Hall house was demolished and they gradually became overgrown.
Today is Candlemas Day, an ancient festival halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox and marks the midpoint of winter.Continue reading
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.
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!
Check out my review of The Rococo Gardens in Painswick, Gloucestershire to see the snowdrops.