Mount Congreve gardens – an unexpected meeting …

Walled garden is greeting me with all shades of purple.

Mount Congreve Gardens

Mount Congreve Gardens

Numerous fruit trees will bear a bountiful harvest in a month or two.

I admire various espaliers clinging to the walls.

Mount Congreve Gardens

As I cross the walled garden I discover a fragrant rose walk in the middle of it.

Mount Congreve Gardens

Winged thorns are not the only unusual feature of Rosa sericea pteracantha : its flowers have only four petals instead of usual five.

Leaving the walled garden.

Walking around the pond.

Unhurried walk with occasional stops takes me back to the glass house.

Mount Congreve Gardens

More flowers, more colors.

Magnolia Daybreak was planted in memory of Ambrose Congreve by the staff of Mount Congreve. It has beautiful and extremely fragrant pink flowers. There are many magnolias in the garden that bear names of Congreve family members.

Mount Congreve Gardens

On my way to the field where I have parked my car I came across a lawn. I changed my lens to a wider one to take a picture of the tree. From this moment the events started developing rapidly.

I took the picture and next moment a huge, long-legged hare appeared out of the shrubs at the other side of the lawn and started lazily towards me. I stopped breathing for a moment and then began to reattach my 70-200 mm lens. When the lens was finally on I lifted my eyes and almost screamed as the hare was sitting right in front of me, and he was the size of a dog.

Mount Congreve Gardens

I guess he had lost all his senses because of his old age, it is why he almost bumped into me. Startled, he looked at me with crossed eyes.  I didn’t have time to focus and only got these two blurred pictures of him as he darted across the lawn.

I slowly walked to where he entered the shrubs, and there he was, recovering after the scare.


I am glad that I can share this story with you. Have a wonderful weekend


  1. So many lovely photos. Not to mention your “hare-raising” experience, wonderful story.

  2. Enjoyed the lovely pix. I have a little rabbit that lives in my front yard somewhere – he pops out from time to time but I rarely have my camera with me when he does.

  3. Lovely to see and to read! 🙂 I had a similar experience yesterday with a horse… and must say I got really scared!

      1. I came across a horse, he was grazing the grass but turned against me when I wanted to go through the place lol. But nothing happened in then end luckily 😉

  4. Beautiful vibrant coloured flowers! I’ve never seen this particular magnolia before, it looks so different from the ones here, very interesting. And that hare? Just wonderful! What a surprising encounter – thank you for sharing, Inese! 😄 xxxxxxxxx

  5. What a great experience. That poor old hare. Kind of reminded of the White Rabbit – “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.”

    1. Yes, he looks cute in that picture, but when he was moving around, his long legs gave away his true identity. And his face and the crossed eyes! Poor old dear. 🙂

    1. Haha, I am very careful to avoid this sort of ‘run ins’ lately 😉 As to the hare, I was the one who scared the poor old thing. You should have seen the horror and confusion in his crossed eyes 🙂

  6. I would be a bit freaking out if I see an unexpected animal likes that. Liked you said, he (she) would feel just the same. He does not seem to be that old (I am sure I am wrong as I’ve not seen an old age rabbit before to gauge one).

    The garden is pretty and lots of flowers. The walled garden is really nice. I like it.

    1. Thank you so much! It was much bigger than a rabbit, and its legs were much longer too, so I am sure it was a hare. Strange it didn’t see me standing there and changing my lens 🙂
      Glad you like the garden. There is everything 🙂

    1. Thank you! The garden is so very well kept, and there is everything 🙂 Now they are open every day, which is good, the garden is not overcrowded.

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