Sunday, 27 January 2013

2012 - Grounds at Compton Verney Part Two

DSC02503Flail Mowing. GWebb. July 2012Spitfire Measuring. GWebb. July 2012The finished Spitfire. GWebb. July 2012.The big rake-off! G.Webb. July 2012Courtyard at Compton Verney. GWebb. July 2012
Model aircraft at Compton Verney. GWebb. July 2012.Globe Artichoke at Compton Verney. GWebb. 2012Approach - Compton Verney. GWebb. July 2012.Buddleja globosa at Compton Verney. GWebb. 2012Leaky July. GWebb. 2012.Box trimming. GWebb. July 2012.
Willow Tunnel at Compton Verney. GWebb. 2012.Viburnum lantana at Compton Verney. GWebb. 2012.DSC01295DSC01302Experimental planting! GWebb. 2012Viburnam opulus at Compton Verney. GWebb. 2012.
Honeysuckle. GWebb. 2012.Thujopsis dolobrata. GWebb. Aug 2012.Parking. GWebb. Aug 2012.Red Admiral. GWebb. Aug 2012.Shrubberies at Compton Verney. GWebb Sept 2012.Dipsacus seed head. GWebb. Sept 2012.
Click here to view images on Flickr: Compton Verney 2012,
Part two of my two part yearly review is but a quick whizz through the months of July to December in the grounds at Compton Verney. Snapped while out and about in the grounds, some are composed, yet most were grabbed on the mobile. They open up such a small window on a world I love to be in, a world full of colour, texture and substance. Needless to say it's been a very busy and challenging year, but, the last thing you need right now is another blow-by-blow account, so I'll stick with my plan of photographs and descriptions. This time, having experienced some issues uploading last time, I’ve switched and chosen Flickr as a way to display the images. Let’s see if it works - Enjoy!

Part One can be found via this link

Monday, 21 January 2013

Compton Verney in Winter


Compton Verney in Winter, a set on Flickr.

Although presently closed to the public for the winter season - work continues in preparation for the coming season at Compton Verney. Over the weekend however, a good helping of snow has fallen causing more than a few problems for staff who needed to get on!

Walking the grounds this morning revealed varied trees, unified by a weighty sprinkling of sparkly snow, and the lawns appeared smoother than ever, broken only by tracks of invisible rabbits. A lone Buzzard swooshed between the iced Wellingtonia’s, a cuckoo darted from shrub to shrub, and a woodpecker hammered on the Oaks in the park Otherwise it was eerily quiet, but for the odd car, and snow plough, in the distance. Luckily, I caught sight of a muntjac in the Forest School area of the woodland, but he was too quick for my camera yet again…

There’s a host of snowy garden photographs on the web just now, but if Compton Verney is special to you, I hope these ‘behind-the-scenes’ shots give a new perspective on this special landscape garden. It is lovely at any time and especially so on the few days each year when we are blessed with snow.

Enjoy the snow - I’ll be there shoveling it up tomorrow!


Friday, 18 January 2013


Sphinx Bridge 2010
Looking north at Compton Verney towards the Sphinx Bridge

Sphinx Bridge 2012
Almost the same view in 2012. Not a drastic change to the view, but an improvement?
You decide!