Coughton Court has many delights to offer visitors, from priests' holes to wonderful gardens but at this time of year the main attraction for us is the Wild Wood of Arden and this is the first place we headed towards last Monday.
The bluebells cover most of the floor of the wood and they're the first thing you see once you go through the gate
Thick carpets of bluebells like here, take hundreds of years to form. They divide gradually underground. The flowers also disperse seeds, but they are too heavy to be scattered by the wind so the bluebells spread only very slowly.
The bluebells in this wood are mostly native, English bluebells, which have smaller flowers growing on only one side of a floppy stem as opposed to Spanish bluebells that have larger flowers growing on both sides of a vertical stem.
The wood is situated on a small hill so up the steps we went
lovely path snaking through the bluebells.
A real joy.
Leaving the woods we walked across the field, crossed the little bridge
and reached the river walk
it's a very shallow river
the wild garlic is just starting to flower - it's mostly buds
this is an exception
so we'll have to come in a while to see it in its full glory.
The bog garden is at the end of the path
everything has been cut low, so we noticed something we had never seen before
this statue sitting comfortably in the middle of all the plants
we walked around to have a better look
another one has been revealed too.
Next, the tulip field. Last year we were able to buy some tulips, but there's only very few left now
but they're real beauties
The walled garden was our next stop
which consists of a series of 'rooms'
we moved from one to the next
the wisteria trees have a long way to go
we reached the lake
we then turned left and continued walking round the walled garden
lots of tulips here too
with dew on the petals even though by then it was midday
and then we'd come full circle and reached the house.