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photoblog image Upton House 3/7

Upton House 3/7

A main attraction of Upton House is the garden. A lawn, with huge cedar trees, sweeps gently down from the house and below is an extensive terraced garden. The garden features a kitchen garden, a series of herbaceous borders and a large lake with water lilies in a small valley. The terracing, unseen from the house contains the National Collection of Asters. In use since the 12th.century, the gardens were largely transformed by Kitty Lloyd-Jones for Lady Bearsted in the 1920’s and 1930’s, including the creation of a rare Bog Garden on the site of medieval fish ponds.

Upton House 3/7

A main attraction of Upton House is the garden. A lawn, with huge cedar trees, sweeps gently down from the house and below is an extensive terraced garden. The garden features a kitchen garden, a series of herbaceous borders and a large lake with water lilies in a small valley. The terracing, unseen from the house contains the National Collection of Asters. In use since the 12th.century, the gardens were largely transformed by Kitty Lloyd-Jones for Lady Bearsted in the 1920’s and 1930’s, including the creation of a rare Bog Garden on the site of medieval fish ponds.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Mar 2015, 00:18
Your image makes it clear this is a beautiful garden, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, it is quite a climb back up though for more senior citizens such as myself!
I could spend a lot of time in this garden
Brian Walbey: Wouldn't it be nice to have a lovely sunny day and sole use of this garden for a gathering of we Shutterchancers before retiring en masse to the excellent tearoom for mid-afternoon tea together. I've just thought of that, sounds really appealing.
What a wonderful and peaceful garden Brian!
Brian Walbey: It is Richard, although it is quite a climb back up the stairs to the top for older folks like me.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 4 Mar 2015, 06:01
This is delightful without being too formal, Brian
Brian Walbey: That's what I felt Lisl, some more garden pictures for the next couple of days.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Mar 2015, 06:27
Very agreeable indeed Brian
Brian Walbey: This is what I said to Elizabeth 'Wouldn't it be nice to have a lovely sunny day and sole use of this garden for a gathering of we Shutterchancers before retiring en masse to the excellent tearoom for mid-afternoon tea together. I've just thought of that, sounds really appealing' It is that sort of place.
I think the main attraction all over England, Brian, is "the garden." It has become for me what you English are known for!!!
Brian Walbey: Yes I always enjoy gardens, although, and this is a secret, Maureen will tell you I hate actually doing it, although I do my bit as and when necessary!
It is a beautiful garden Brian as you have shown here
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Bill. This is what I said to Elizabeth 'Wouldn't it be nice to have a lovely sunny day and sole use of this garden for a gathering of we Shutterchancers before retiring en masse to the excellent tearoom for mid-afternoon tea together. I've just thought of that, sounds really appealing' It is that sort of place.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Mar 2015, 09:16
Great shot of the lake and formal vegetable gardens.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mike, I've never seen a garden with such prominent split levels.
wow... what a nice view Brian.. fantastic
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ronky, it comes upon one as a surprise to suddenly find that lovely garden way down there.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Mar 2015, 09:47
a wonderful garden - and I like your composition - fine that you could upload your photo!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine. I'm still having trouble trying to get a second photo into the narrative so I have come up with another solution which you will find out about on Friday if you have the chance to look at my blog.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 4 Mar 2015, 09:50
Quite a steep slope involved here Brian.
Brian Walbey: Easier to walk down than back up Chad!
I would love to see the National Collection of Asters. I love them!
Brian Walbey: Not being a person who can name lots of different flowers I wouldn't know which are Asters but certainly while we were there a fine display of flowers was growing so that might well have been them.
how gorgeous it that garden!
Brian Walbey: Lovely isn't it, easy to walk down the steps to the bottom, but for old fellows like me more of a strain getting back up again!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Mar 2015, 17:39
What a wonderful view and I love that person, it gives scale to the garden.
I love the set-up. a wonderful garden indeed.
Brian Walbey: This is what I said to Elizabeth 'Wouldn't it be nice to have a lovely sunny day and sole use of this garden for a gathering of we Shutterchancers before retiring en masse to the excellent tearoom for mid-afternoon tea together. I've just thought of that, sounds really appealing' It is that sort of place.
I'll have look this one up, Brian - looks interesting!
Brian Walbey: Yes a very nice garden Tom, I don't know what the inside of the house is like. Upton is not very far from Banbury.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Mar 2015, 22:29
"In an English country garden"; nothing finer if followed by a proper cream tea. I like the idea of a bog garden.
Brian Walbey: It is quite a nice place to visit Alan, being NT there is of course a very good tearoom.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Mar 2015, 22:45
A garden to spend time in and get your daily exercise and herbs for the dinner pot, while you are at it.
Brian Walbey: Yes but walking back up all those steps for an ageing old fellow like me is a bit tiring Louis.

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