Tuesday, April 2

Charlecote Park

Our final visit was to Charlescote Park,. The parterre below is planted up with lots of tulips but there was little evidence that they were in any way near to having buds let alone flowers.
Looking across the water it certainly looked cold.
I think this plant below is an ancient wisteria - at least on close inspection it seemed to have produced some bud. Looking at what it was planted in and so close to the wall I found it amazing that it survived.
Many of the garden beds were at a similar stage to our garden. Hellebores and faded snowdrops interspersed with a few flowering bulbs.
The most colourful area was in front of what they referred to as the summerhouse. It looked a little like our front garden - the beds that is and not the summerhouse.
One thing that was disappointing about this area - other than the weather - was the distinct lack of places where we could visit with a dog. I can appreciate that dogs can't be allowed into buildings but none of the gardens that we visited would suffer from allowing entry to dogs on leads in fact we've visited mush more pristine gardens where dogs are welcomed see this one and this one and this one. I'm thinking of setting up a website of places where dogs are welcome anyone any suggestions?

An aside Elaine asked why we hadn't any doggy photos on the blog so this is for her. Tivvy at various stages in her clipping regime



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

17 comments:

  1. About time. I've heard you mention your part time doggy quite a few times so I'm pleased to get to see her at last, she's gorgeous, so cute. I use the following website to find out which beaches I can take Archie on, and there's more information there about places where dogs are welcome too:-
    http://www.yorkshire-east-coast-unofficial-guide.com/yorkshire-coast-dogs-allowed.html#anchor-name2
    It's all about Yorkshire though, so I'm sure if you were to set up a website, especially one where you can find gardens where dogs are allowed, it would be well read, I'd certainly use it. I love the summer house in your post, it looks good enough to be lived in.

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    1. She is also too intelligent for her own good, Jo. It's so frustrating that we can't take her with us on many trips as no-one would even know she was there unlike some of the children that were running around screaming.

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  2. I've so enjoyed following the links to other gardens you visited that were dog friendly. How lovely to 'be there' compliments of you both. Thanks so much.

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    1. Unfortunately the last couple of gardens were not dog friendly at all. The reason given is that it would spoil other peoples enjoyment - they don't seem to bothered about spoiling my enjoyment though!

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  3. re dogs: maybe you could carry a white stick and insist that Tivvy is a Guide dog?! I'm not a dog person so I need to ask you this: what breed is she?

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    1. I had thought of getting her a little jacket and calling her an assistance dog. She' a miniature poodle but she only ever has a lamb cut when she is clipped not the fancy Crufts style!

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  4. Tivvy looks great! :) I love such dogs.

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  5. Bless Tivvy! I'm loving all these thatched roofs you've posted. In terms of your dog, I'd never thought about that. We're thinking of getting one too and I've just realised that they're not allowed at my local nature reserve (literally over the road) either and I can really see how it could be a problem as a dog owner. I think a guide would be a good idea.

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    1. It does seem to be a rather random decision about whether to allow dogs or not, Anna.

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  6. The one post I missed and you post photos just for me - sorry about that - anyway I have found it now. Tivvy is a poodley sweetie.

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    1. I forgive you :) The problem is Tivvy knows how to play the "Aren't I sweet?" card.

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  7. Shame about the number of dog bans, I suppose it is easier than trying to deal with the badly behaved dogs on a case by case basis, it does incense me when dog owners don't train their dogs well and even worse, don't pick up after them, particularly on the beaches here. On a happier note, that looks like a spectacular garden, somehow far more appealing to me than the previous one. Even without the tulips the parterre is beautiful, and what is not to like about a summer house like that!

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    1. I do feel discrimated against when we have T1vvy with us. It infuriates me that all dog owners are treated the same when parents can let children run riot screaming and nothing is said to them. They wouldn't even know Tivvy was there.

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    2. Ditto with the out-of-control children ..... and heaven help you if you say anything to the ill-mannered little brat whose behaviour is ruining your own visit.

      Lovely to finally 'meet' Tivvy.

      You might like this website: http://www.doggiepubs.org.uk/

      Locally, Podgy Paws in Keswick keeps a list of dog friendly shops & businesses. http://www.podgypaws.co.uk/dog-friendly-info/

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    3. PS: I want the Hobbit House in your final garden photo !

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    4. Thanks for the links, Bilbo I'll check them. As you can see Tiv's isn't a poodly poodle!

      Have to admit I thought it looked like a hobbit house too and thought of you!

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