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A lovely day out.


We are enjoying a spell of sunny weather down here, as I hope other members in the UK are. It seems so long since the last time, after dreary grey days and so much rain. What a boost to gardens and people!
As some of you will know, I have been seeking advice as to the replacement of a Juniper tree in my top border. (Thank you to those who responded with ideas!) This tree fell apart in a gale earlier this year and is currently wired together. I have never been happy with it anyway – it’s very prickly and the fallen needles stick into my fingers when I weed around it.

The trouble is that it’s a great focal point in the raised border, so it needs replacing with a different evergreen. So that was one of the reasons we decided to visit Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire yesterday. We checked their website and were delighted to find that Henry could come too in a large part of the Arboretum.

He just loved it – doggy heaven – all those trees to choose from, lots of sticks, and muddy puddles to romp in! We loved it, too. Walking through vistas of beautiful trees in the sunshine was just a delight.

We made a few notes as we walked around on the trees that looked good – and passed the ‘touch test’ – no more prickles, thanks!

Obviously, this was a place where dwarf conifers are not seen – so we just enjoyed the rare experience of the sunshine and the contrasting leaves in sun and shade.

However, in the Plant Centre there is expert advice available, as well as a good selection of conifers to look at. So we have narrowed our choice a little. It was a good day out, even though the M5 was horrendous on the way home! I recommend a visit if you are in the area at any time. The Acers will change colour soon and that will be spectacular.

One word of warning – the Old Arboretum is a dog-free zone, so we missed out on admiring the vistas created many years ago. I’d love to see them one day. What a glorious place, though.

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lovely blog spritz im glad you enjoyed it and i can see why by the photos. enjoy your weekend :-)

20 Sep, 2008


Glad to read that you had some lovely weather, and a great day out, Spritz. I love your tree pics!

20 Sep, 2008


Glad you enjoyed the Arboretum Spritz.
It's a beautiful place to visit, and it will soon look even more more wonderful with the autumn leaf colours.
We pass it regularly when we visit the beautiful town of Tetbury every few weeks which is just a few miles away from The Arboretum.
Both places are so close to our house - just 25 minutes drive from here in Bristol.
We always make a point of an autumn visit to see the Acers and Maples changing colour.
It's also great when it's illuminated as well, and there are summer concerts in the grounds.
If you get a chance do make another visit to see the whole area.
I bet Henry had a wonderful time!

20 Sep, 2008


Sounds like a nice day out Spritz and a super place to visit

20 Sep, 2008


great photos Spritz, certainly looks like a lovely place to visit

20 Sep, 2008


It looks a wonderful place to visit. No wonder you enjoyed.

20 Sep, 2008


I will certainly be visiting there - not to far from the West Country? Lovely to see your photos as usual Spritz

20 Sep, 2008


Hi Spritz, another enjoyable and informative Blog, and you always manage to get in lots of photos too which is great.

22 Sep, 2008


What a great day out sun and fresh air plus lots of wonderful trees cant beat it.

Great pics.

22 Sep, 2008


Lovely! Brought back very happy memories of visiting Westonbirt with various family members when I was growing up not too far from there. Thanks for this.

23 Sep, 2008


A perfect day out Spritz.

26 Sep, 2008

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