The Stream Garden curves down through the centre of Hidcote, and provides a pleasing diversion from the straight lines of the Central Axis and Long Walk. The plantings are lush with some interesting specimens about, which are currently being added to by the Gordon the supervisor here. I’m sad to report that the stream is currently bone dry, and looks rather more like a pathway! We desperately need rain.
|Lobelia cardinalis at the base of the Fern Dell, providing a shock of red amongst the more conventional damp garden plantings (silver heron part of the Sculpture Trail)|
|Unfortunately the blue triffid claws are not some fantastic rare species, but a part of the temporary Sculpture Trail|
|Itea ilicifolia grows next to the stone wall seen in the above image, and gives off a particularly pleasing smell in the evenings|
|Mrs. Winthrops’ Garden ends at the Upper Stream Garden, here with Kniphofia citrina in bloom|