The Howick Hall Gardens report ~part 2

Thought I’d crack on with this as I’m off to Holland tomorrow and won’t get chance to post for a few days unless I can figure out how to do it on the iPad.

Part 1 and the history bit are HERE so this is basically just more pictures of dead flowers 😀 (I jest). After the Bog Garden we wandered around the rest of the gardens to the back of the Hall

gate detail
gate detail
dead flower :)
dead flower 🙂
avenue of pots
avenue of pots





A lot of the grass had purple and white crocuses growing through which we thought really strange as they usually appear in spring, however it turns out they are autumn crocuses, colchicums no less, Its leaves, corm and seeds are poisonous. Murderess Catherine Wilson is thought to have used it to poison a number of victims in the 19th century.

Howick Hall
Howick Hall

You can see why I didn’t shoot many pictures with the sky included. I suppose I could replace it in potatoshop, but it belongs to the day, so there it stays.


lots of poison
lots of poison

Autumn foliage now..






could have done with just a bit of sun though!

We came across some ginormous leaves..



and even more ginormous leaves..


Sophie took one of me holding a leaf so you can see how big they are

me & ginormous leaves
me & ginormous leaves (courtesy of Sophie Cormack)

I have hamster cheeks!!! Where did THEY come from!!??

Well, that’ll do for now, back to the packing, have a fab weekend wordypeeps

laters gaters








  1. Wow stunning color Fraggy, I could actually feel myself walking along, really fantastic photos. And I did not know that about those autumn crocuses .. Wow!!!
    Now that thing your standing near? R ya sure that wasn’t poisonous ?
    Ok lots to say, but I gotta get packing as well 👍😘safe travels to you and Phil.

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    1. Thanks Kathy you off to Florida again?

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      1. No onto the Mnts , Columbus Day is Monday, so we r going for a long weekend

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        1. Look forward to the pictures!


          1. 😘🍻👍


  2. wow, those leafs are so big or you are so short D:! just kidding ☺ thanks for taking the time to share such amazing garden. Happy travel, hoping everything goes well in Holland ☺

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    1. thanks Francis, looking forward to it 🙂

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      1. oh, I have to correct: “leaves” :s

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        1. I knew you meant that 🙂

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  3. I love the purple and white flowers close up. And the ginormous leaves!
    Have a great trip.

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    1. Thanks Jay, I expect there’ll be a travelogue along 😊


  4. Look at these amazing colors and compositions. I think autumn is your season too. When the sun comes out. 😉

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    1. Thanks Reinhold 😊


  5. Gorgeous photos from what seems like an extraordinary park. Enjoy the trip to Holland. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Otto, I’m home now and had a fab time, photos to come at some stage!

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