Tuesday, August 27, 2013

U.K. Trip Blog #48: Sudeley Castle's Amazing Gardens

Sudeley Castle's gardens were the saving grace of the visit to this castle.
THE SECRET GARDEN -  In 1979 the secret garden was created to celebrate the marriage of Lord and Lady Ashcombe. There are yew hedges on one side and a garden wall on the other.
The garden was replanted in 2012 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Queen Katherine Parr (Henry VIII's sixth wife).

Secret Garden

Next we ventured over to the WHITE GARDEN - It is thought that there used to be a covered link between the castle and the chapel, that Queen Katherine Parr walked. It wasn't very white when we were there, though. The garden is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and has white roses, peonies, and other flowers. 
White Garden

THE RUINS GARDEN - The ruins garden is filled with boughs of ancient sycamores, roses and clematis growing up and down the walls of the ruins of the Banqueting House. The Banqueting House is where all of the meals were eaten and was a separate building from the main castle. 

Ruins Garden

THE TITHE BARN GARDEN -This former barn dates back to the 15th century. It was filled with sycamore, foxglove, cyclamen, primroses, wild roses and more. It was really a nice setting. Here's a short video that we made inside the ruins of the Tithe Barn Garden.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next