Dorothy Clive Gardens, Staffordshire
Not our own garden, but one that we have visited regularly over the years. Our Covid restrictions have eased a little (not sure for how long) so we took advantage of the sunny weather and headed across to Staffordshire, close to the Cheshire and Shropshire borders. We knew that it would be a safe environment. It is just a little remote and there is plenty of space, so little chance of any overcrowding.
Dorothy Clive Gardens are a rather special mix. We think they are at their best in the spring / early summer. Rhododendron and Azalea blend with Herbaceous borders and spectacular Laburnums….. all surround by some magnificent woodlands. Lots of dark dells, spacious lawns and borders, and Alpine bank. In past years the variety seems to merge seamlessly into each other. I have made mention before that this Spring and now early Summer, have not been following the usual cyclical time scale. This season time spread is evident here. The Alpines, normally full of colour are yet to show in any meaningful way. Rhododendron are dropping petals like confetti and the herbaceous borders, at this moment are dominated by Alliums. The good news is that everything is a lush green with a promise of much to come….. and still lots to enjoy today
So join us for a walk round the gardens..
The bonus is a rather nice Tea Room.. So we enjoyed our first Cream Tea for over 18 months. Rather nice, but being honest, the disposable Covid cutlery, plates and cups rather take the edge, indeed the magic, off the English Tradition of Afternoon Tea in sunny garden. Still yummy, but miss the china – but paper will have to do!
Still a great sunny summers day out…
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(C) David Oakes 2021