In addition to the wonderful hydrangeas we saw on Sunday, there was an exhibition of sculpture at Hillier Arboretum and some of the pieces were delightful. I am very fond of dragonflies and several of the pieces feature those wondrous creatures.
Just beside the entrance there is a pebble lined formal pool that has dragonflies at one end. You can see one of them in the bottom left corner.
A little further on there is a beautiful decorative metal arch that has this pair in the apex of it.
And further still we came across this lovely free standing sculpture. I forget how much it cost-in the thousands of pounds, if I recall. I shall content myself with watching the real thing beside my pond!
As well as the dragonflies there were numerous other pieces of varying size and construction. I was very take by this metal horse-I love horses and thought this very fine. I think I would have situated it somewhere else in the gardens-it seemed a little lost here.
The garden has several huge and gorgeous herbaceous borders. This one has a bench made of marble and oak at the very far end of it-also for sale. It is a pity the rain clouds were threatening-the light does not do justice to the quality of the planting.
And just to finish, some flowers for a summer’s day. I have been delighted by the Agapanthus flowers we have seen in several different gardens this summer, so much so that I have planted one in my garden that is just about to come into flower. This variety is “Headbourne hybrids”