|We had the upstairs room with the two little windows surrounded by creeper.|
At present, the interior of the house is set up to recreate a World War One military hospital, which we would love to have seen, but unfortunately it isn't open on Fridays - the day we were there. However, there were lots of other things to see, such as the herd of Fallow deer which roams the park:
There were also two small patches set up to represent the vegetable gardens maintained by patients in the military hospital during WWI. Obviously I inspected these very closely!
In the gardens we saw many other impressive plants, shrubs and trees. Look at the fabulous copper-coloured bark on this lovely specimen. I think it is a Tibetan Cherry (Prunus Serrula).
I am currently very much "On" perennial borders, so this one with a lovely winding path attracted my attention:
I also loved the flowing lines of this clump of grass beside the path:
Here's another beauty - a lovely fern with a greenish-purple hue. Was it perhaps the Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium Niponicum)?
It was a good time of year for fungi-spotting too. This is a "Dog Vomit Slime Mould" (Fuligo septica), sometimes called the Scrambled Egg fungus.
I'm not sure what type of fungus this is, but it looks a bit like a puffball of some sort.
The surroundings at Dunham Massey were very mellow and calm; a place with a powerful sense of history, but also a fun place for the whole family to enjoy.
However, I wasn't sure what to make of this alleged "sculpture". I looks to me like just a pile of breeze-blocks!
Later I will write about our time in the Lakes, but let me end this post by saying that Dunham Massey appears to me to represent the best of what the National Trust has to offer. A property with loads of different things to see - the house, the gardens, the deer-park - even the tea-room and gift-shop were a cut above the average. Special displays and exhibitions like the WWI military hospital are also a common feature of NT properties. Annual membership of the NT is in my opinion definitely a very worthwhile investment.