Thursday, 23 June 2011

Plant House


 The Plant House is looking rather splendid at the moment, it's all filling out nicely! This time of year is particularly exciting as the front panels that protect  this structure over winter are removed, and hung out of sight off the back of the building until the threat of Jack Frost reappears, when they are chucked back on. The Plant House now resembles a sort of pergola type affair, and really looks at its best during this time. Bats swoop through here in the evening, picking off any insects caught inside the glass of the roof. Wonderful stuff!

Panels removed from the front.

Panels being moved to the back of the building.

Sincere apologies for the lack of posts recently, I have been sunk in the depths of RHS exam revision! Now, finally, that grim tide has rolled back I'm left sprawling like a spider crab on the sands of uncertainty until September when the results come in. I quite enjoyed the experience and feel certain I passed but of course there is no way to know until the day we all hear! Now I'm looking forward to the summer and catching up on all the blogs I like to read! Pip pip. 

9 comments:

Tim said...

What a wonderful post! I've never been to Hidcote in cool weather, so didn't realize what a major transition takes place!

Diane said...

Missed your posts. Bet you did great on your exams. What a neat place this 'plant house' is!

Elephant's Eye said...

What happens after Hidcote?? Or do you stay there, after the exams?

Helen O'Donnell said...

Everything looks superb!

Luke said...

Hi Bertie

Visited Hidcote yesterday. Plant House looked amazing. A question for you. Do you know what paint range the NT use to re-create the famous Hidcote Blue colour? I think it was copied or was very similar to the Wade Blue at Snowshill, though I see that Farrow & Ball have discontinued it.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Luke

Pauline said...

Wishing you all the best with your exam results. What will happen in September, will you stay at Hidcote or move somewhere else?

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Diana & Pauline - I still have one more year of training here at Hidcote, these exams were for an RHS qualification.

Luke - I'm not entirely certain what paint we use although I know it to be similar to Snowshill. Will ask around and report back.

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Luke - The paint colour is Hidcote Blue, mixed for us by Farrow & Ball. Hope this helps!

Luke said...

Bertie

Thanks for finding this out- appreciated...

Best wishes

Luke

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