One of these days I'm going to take a photography class. Since I didn't get pictures of some of the things I meant to (well, I took pictures - they just didn't necessarily come out all that well), I've again 'borrowed' a few from the guidebook.
After leaving the chapel the tour wends through a service corridor then outside the house to the private - family - gardens. The family's entrance is at the top of the steps; the servants' door is nicely sheltered, coming out under the landing.
The flower beds nearest the house are mostly raised with some classical geometric shapes:
We wandered along the garden path...
...where there were several sections, or 'rooms,' with different types of flowers. The roses, alas, had gone by in this part, but among other things there were quite a few trellises, and the clematis was very pretty:
Off to the right was a small hut - I suspect it's relatively new, but there was no sign and there's nothing in the book; perhaps it replaced an earlier structure.
Oh, there's that woman again. Half the time when Himself takes a photo she seems to show up.
Farther along the path enters some woods. You can see in this next photo that the trees are fairly good-sized. It was shady and cool and pleasant, so I decided this bench had my name on it:
That makes it Kasey's Grove. Wouldn't it be a great place to read!
There was an abundance of flowers, all colors, and in the walled gardens a few of the roses had hung on. I loved these old 'painted' roses. I don't know that they are called 'painted roses,' but it would be a fitting name:
A couple more:
I'm not a gardener, so I don't know the names of most of the flowers. I love the intense blue of these:
Of all the various flowers, this one was Himself's favorite:
I think it's a kind of hollyhock, but with the variegation, it put me in mind of some orchids I've seen.
This group of ordinary daisies was outstanding:
And as I said, there were all kinds and all colors:
Because of the many high brick walls out in the gardens, quite a few of the fruit trees are espaliered:
They are generally referred to here as having been 'pleached,' though I've heard a somewhat different definition of pleaching - I usually just go with 'espalier.' Serves the purpose.
Both the espaliered trees and the ones in the small orchard were covered with fruit, some beginning to ripen:
If you look in the lower left-hand corner on the previous picture, you'll see this doorway:
There are benches tucked into many of the corners and in different parts of the gardens:
And of course you never know when you'll come across one with an occupant:
He's always amenable to having his picture taken.
These next two are from the guidebook - they'll give you an idea of how they change the flowerbeds throughout the season:
As we so often do, we closed the place - they were practically waiting at the gates for us to leave. I turned back after we came out of the gardens and took another picture of the front of the house:
I really think Virginia creeper is so pretty.
As we were driving away - the drive is quite long - we passed near the dovecote, so I had Himself stop while I took a picture:
Doesn't do it justice, but maybe it will give you an idea of how it looks.
Last but not least, I came across an old postcard of Erddig:
I don't think it will show up very well, but I find it interesting that well before it was open to the public, it was a popular view for tourists in the area. Erddig must've been very well-known for a long time.
That's it from me. I can't believe how much we have going on the next couple of weeks. I'm tired just thinking about it! Mostly doctors' appointments, a few follow-ups, and on the trail of a new realtor. Argh. Another story for another time.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!