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National trust property Charlecote Park

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Charlecote Park is a lovely NHS property well worth a visit if you are around the Stratford Upon Avon area. The house is impressive,  a fantastic example of  Elizabethan history surrounded by attractive gardens and a very large area of parkland which provides great country walks. It is close to the river Avon making the park attractive to wildlife.  There is a good contrast between the formal gardens, and the Parterre and the natural parkland with deer.

On the lookout  as always for something different I rather liked the annual grass Pennisetum glaucum Purple Majesty growing up against a tree, in the image below right

At this time of year, September, there is a really splendid eyecatching display of edible and ornamental gourds.  I tried the edible gourd Crown Prince which has been lovely roasted and is about to become soup. Also I couldn't resist buying some of the stunning ornamental gourds to make an autumn display.


Ornamental gourds
Pennisetum Glaucum purple majesty


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