Sunday, May 14

Return to Hodsock for the bluebells.

Last weekend was busy but not in the gardening sense, we gave ourselves the weekend off and had planned a visit to Leicestershire but as we headed south the weather turned drizzly so we turned around and headed back north and out of the drizzle. As we were passing close to NT Clumber Park we decided to stop off there. This turned out to be a good move and we spent the afternoon amongst the squirrels and goslings.  I posted about this here

Sunday, camera batteries fully charged we headed for Hodsock Priory where they were opening for the weekend to share their bluebell woods at its peak.

After a quick coffee in the woodland cafe we decided that we would look around the rest of the garden before visiting the bluebells. We visited the garden in February when Hodsock was open for the snowdrop display. Over the months the views in the garden had changed completely giving us plenty more photo opportunities.


After a lunchtime sausage sandwich round the camp fire we had our first walk around the bluebell wood. 
It's really surprising that the bluebell days are less well visited than the snowdrop days as for us the bluebell display nudged the snowdrops into second place.

It's really difficult to do justice to the bluebells with a mere camera but we gave it our best shot. These are just one or two of the vast number of photos that we ended up with.



After another coffee whilst listening to a take on the history of Hodsock given by George the lucky owner, the visitor number thinned out and so we had another walk around this time to take video. 



If you would like to see more of our photos of the visit you can view using the links to our online photo album.



It's a shame that the gardens are not open in summer and autumn so we could create an album from a different perspective. Maybe on day they will plant lots of primroses and they will open for a primrose walk.

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

16 comments:

  1. What a magical sight to behold! I haven't visited a bluebell wood for some time. I do know if I lived near this place then I'd hold a season ticket, for it looks like a place well worth returning to through the year to see the seasonal changes. Thank you, I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to watching the video later.

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    1. Hodsock is a private house, Deborah and only opens it's grounds twice a year for snowdrops and bluebells. It also operates a wedding venue business. Groups can also book private tours of the house. Entry for the snowdrops was £5 and for bluebells £3. Like you I would like to see the gardens in summer and autumn.

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  2. It looks fabulous, both snowdrops and bluebells are best viewed en masse in my opinion so definitely worth visiting somewhere like this to see them. I've just seen your last post about vet visits, I do hope that Tivvy's okay.

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    1. We did enjoy our visits, Jo.
      Tivvy has had two operations. The first was to remove a lump from her side which turned out to be bone which formed as she had too much calcium in her blood, This warranted the removal of one of her parathyroid glands. Her calcium levels are now normal and the vet is satisfied that the procedures were a success. Other than two nasty scars and patchy fur you wouldn't know anything out of the ordinary had happened to her. It was a worrying time though waiting for test results, something that you know only too well, and to hear that she was OK after the operations.

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    2. I'm so pleased to hear that it all went well. That poor little doggy has had her fair share of bad luck where her health is concerned, let's hope that it's all done with now. I know how worrying it is when there's anything wrong with our furry friends so I hope you can breathe a little easier again now.

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  3. I enjoyed a virtual stroll in the park, Sue. Bluebells are such pretty, I remember your post about snowdrops as well.
    The video is beautiful, thanks Martin.

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed it, Nadezda.

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    1. The bluebells were spectacular, Michelle.

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  5. Oh those bluebells look breathtaking Sue. You must be pleased that you made the decision to turn back north :)

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    1. The bluebells were incredible, Anna.

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  6. Wow! Such a amazing Place! So beautiful!
    Camp fire reminds me of my schooling time! ;)

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    1. The camp fire is a nice detail, Malar.

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  7. Oh...those bluebells! Heavenly! We're off to the lakes with the dogs for a week Friday, I fear the bluebells may have gone over by then. That camp fire is the icing on the cake.xxx

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    1. It was a pleasant day weatherwise too, Dina. Our cameras were bursting at the seams with photos and video. Enjoy the lakes.

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