Welcome to this ‘February’ article, the second in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.
There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two.
Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘February – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :
Snowdrops as shown in the January post, become stronger through February, dealing with the changeable conditions with ease. There’s an area of this double form on the lakeside that are exquisite in their form. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
The sculptures were positioned for the spring and summer exhibition, Moore’s arch here looking splendid with it’s cedar tree reflection. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
“The best made plans” and all that! Just days from opening the new exhibition and a storm ripped through the area, causing devastation to trees on many estates. One of our front lawn cedars snapped a main branch in its canopy, leaving no option but to remove the remains for safety. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
Those daffodil shoots came through in fine style, lighting up large areas of the lakeside and lifting our spirits in the process. We’re looking forward to opening earlier in the season in coming years to enable visitors to enjoy more of Compton Verney. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
With but two permanent grounds staff, achievements would be fairly limited was it not for the considerable help from our volunteers. in this image we’re all touring the grounds to examine some elements of our HLF project.
One last image to complete the February set, a late afternoon snap after a turfing session near the arch. The really colourful sunsets can slip away so quickly, and often before I can finish a task and start up the camera! I’ll never stop trying to capture that special image!
February 2014 was certainly busier than usual, but very enjoyable nonetheless, I wonder what we’ll be up to next February?!
Regards, Gary Webb, Head of Landscape & Garden at Compton Verney.
January – The Landscape at Compton Verney