I am spending a long weekend in the Cotswolds and yesterday I had a couple of hours exploring Batsford Arboretum in the grounds of the childhood home of the Mitford sisters.
The style of the plot, which rolls up the side of a Cotswold hill and has some fabulous views, is heavily influenced by the Far East and there are acers, bamboos and cherries throughout, and a series of streams, pools and waterfalls.
If you love Hellebores you’ll love Batsford at this time of year. I wish I’d managed to get more photos, they are so tricky with their downward-hanging faces but there were so many beautiful single and double ones in a range of colours.
There’s also a garden centre where I had a mooch round and bought some seeds I’ve had on my wishlist. I recommend a visit to Batsford if you’re in the area; the price (£7.90) is pretty reasonable and dogs (on leads) are welcome. In early spring it was lovely and I bet it will be even better in a couple of weeks with more blossom out. It is also said to be stunning in Autumn, and with all the acers and cherries I don’t doubt it.