Monday, 1 December 2014

Clumber Park's restored Long Range Glasshouse on the last day in November

Yesterday was sensationally bright after a few miserable days. The Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, is remarkable in summer, spring and autumn. But unless one is delighted by clean vegetable beds - and there is an attraction - then the completely restored Long Range Glasshouse, a grade 11 listed building and the longest continuous greenhouse belonging to the National Trust, is the place to be.
All the shrubs and herbaceous borders have been cleaned up for winter. I have other photographs of them in their glory for another post.
"The Gourd, the Bad and the Ugly" was the caption for masses of these colourful squash, pumpkin and gourd.
Everything has been painted and original woodwork retained wherever possible, a heck of a job when the sun shone from what I could see.
Chrysanthemum Ragomante looked far better cascading down than it did sticking out of a pot. And I give the name on the label. I am unable to discover the variety on the web.
A much more conventional, fresh chrysanthemum.
The potting shed is full of clay pots of every description.
Even in winter the glasshouse is glorious on a bright day with Christmas lanterns hanging in preparation for one of the Trust's many activities. A future trip with the grandchildren?
Oh deer!
Deer deer deer.
In the autumn the building is full of grapes and tomatoes. Now it is pelargoniums to touch for the scent or to feast the eyes. A refuge from the cold in winter, not that the day was cold at all, anything but.
The central section is quite regal.
A Clumber Christmas full of gourd things. (My original caption offered, with love, to the Trust.)

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