One of many scarecrows
Brassicas showing efficacy of the scarecrows
As I get older, I'm starting to see the importance of structure in the garden. Our garden currently is a riot of herbaceous perennials, absolutely buzzing with foggie-toddlers and currently elegantly peppered with a range of butterflies. What it doesn't have (despite some evergreen shrubs such as Pittosporums) is a good year round structure. So, I have started to see the attraction of a more formal evergreen structure.
The Italian Garden, designed by Sir Joseph Paxton
The Tower Garden
Echinops against yew hedge
What Tatton Park is really well known for is its Japanese Garden. It is only open to enter occasionally, to reduce wear and tear, but you can get a good general view from the outside of the garden. It is beautiful.
The leaves of the acers were jusr starting to turn - in a few weeks time, the colours will be so rich.
The tea house, the window of which faces eastwards, towards the Shinto shrine.
A pair of cranes. apparently they represent age, and add 1000 years to a garden, as well as to anyone gazing upon them.
The almond eye bridge
An Inari Fox - the fox is the messenger of Inari, the god of rice and food. The fox wears a red bib to protect against evil forces.