a day out

This week’s National Trust outing was to Upton House near Banbury in Warwickshire. After our usual journey’s-end cuppa, surprisingly for a man who only goes outside when he has to, JP suggested a walk round the gardens before touring the house. It turned out to be an excellent idea. The sun was shining and the air was still.

 

I have never eaten artichoke and I had never seen it growing until we spotted it at Upton House. Hard to miss really as the plant stands several feet tall and just as wide. Huge leaves for such a small result!

Artichoke

 

Each time I had what would have been a brilliant shot, the bees flew elsewhere or a little breeze moved the flowers out of focus.

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I think this is an antirrhinum but whatever it is, the colours of the flower heads are just glorious!DSCF6188

 

Apples in waiting.DSCF6187

 

Upton House holds the national collections of asters which are one of my favourite flowers.DSCF6181

 

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