Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Flower of the Hour



Hibiscus trionum, AKA the Flower-of-an Hour,

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I can live with the ephemeral life of the flower, if it delivers such delightful seed heads ( @ £1.95 for a packet of seeds, I might have to have a crack at growing these).

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Spotted during a brief* visit to Westbury Court Garden which was a little gem of a place.

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Laid out in 1696-1715 its a Dutch style water garden,

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its first lucky break was to fall off the fashion radar at the time of Capability Brown’s Landscape School, when many such gardens were destroyed,

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secondly was to be rescued by the National Trust in 1967, in a state of neglect and disrepair, and thirdly was the archive materials, that showed which plants were planted where, how many of each and how much they cost (more or less than £1.95 I wonder?)

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A rather romantic vibe

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Although I imagine the A48 was quieter then!

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*Flat tyre on the M5, delayed our journey, it’s not a nice place to be, on the hard shoulder, with traffic thundering past; glad when we were safely on our way again after the support of the RAC. When it comes to changing tyres on the motorway, leave it to the experts, it delayed us by an hour, which is nothing in the scheme of things. .




Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Flower of the Hour

  1. Most intriguing? The name of Capability Brown. I’ve a mental image, and some suppositions already — now, I’m off to check them out. I’m glad you weren’t caused more than an hour’s worth of trouble, and that you were able to see a bit of this beauty!

    • Ha! The first preconception to go was that Capability was a woman. That’s what comes from growing up with a history filled with Puritan names: Prudence, Amity, Mercy, and so on.

  2. Good post and wonderful pictures. xx

  3. Amazing plant. I’ve never seen it before.

  4. Luckily you had a hard shoulder and not one of the smart motorways with no where to hide. Your only chance is whether some underpaid cctv operator sees your plight and turns on the blocked lane signal. Then you just need to believe that all the road users are paying attention and not playing on their mobile phones.

  5. I would certainly be happier to spend time in the delightful garden than on the hard shoulder of a motorway. I really liked the hibiscus pictures.

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