After we sipped the last of our tea and wiped our lips, we ventured out again to see the Fish Pond at the other end of the garden.
We passed the Rock Garden on the way. The Rock Garden is famous because the various rocks for assembling it came from different places including
"stones from the Tower of London, Icelandic lava (brought to the garden by Sir Joseph Banks in 1772 on a ship named St. Lawrence), fused bricks and flint. This curious structure has been listed Grade II* and is the oldest rock garden in England on view to the public. It was completed on 16th August 1773. "
The Fish Pond was much more overgrown with lily pads and other pond plants than when we visited in 2004.
Wild flowers lined the edges of the rectangular pond.
It was hard to tell which bright orange spots were koi swimming under the surface and which were reflections of the orange poppies.
The reflections looked like a Monet painting.