Saturday, 11 March 2017

Wentworth Castle Gardens is to Close after the Easter Weekend

Wentworth Castle Gardens

Wednesday February 1 2017: John Edwards, Chair of the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust said : “It is with sadness we have decided that the gardens will have to close to the public from Spring 2017."

The Heritage Trust behind the gardens says it has not been able to make enough money to cover the running costs and management of the site - despite  a £3.74 million restoration of the garden's Victorian conservatory back in 2013.

We visited today for the last time and here are the memories of a garden nationally famous for "Lady Lucy's Walk" and its vast collection of azaleas and rhododendrons.

We managed to see some early rhododendrons in flower, feast our eyes on the conservatory and eat at the excellent cafe. All for the last time. This is a loss for all who love gardens and a particular one for our family for we have enjoyed many days there over the years. Do visit my Instagram pages to comment. We hope the staff find alternative employment. But most of all we hope some benefactor arrives to save the day.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Reflexed Narcissus

Cyclamineus daffodils with reflexed petals are very attractive and I have gathered a number of varieies over the years, accelerating the pace of acquisitions in the autumn. Here are a few of the varieties in flower today. Some of them are only available from specialists. I like a variety. My Instagram pages are available via this link. Do visit and comment.


"Swift Arrow"


"Peeping Tom"


Thursday, 9 March 2017

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire is a great visit and today the sun shone all day, the bees emerged, and one could see the plants opening out to welcome spring. So here are the highlights.

I'm no great lover of heathers though ....

Catkins can be as good as blossom

"Anna's Red" and certainly on my newly created shopping list

Another of those catkins

Skimmia japonica "Red Diamonds"

The head only of the towering reed sculpture

Kale "Redbor" is tasty too

Primula palinuro

Primula allionii 'Mrs Dyas'

Primula 'Joan Hughes'

Primula allionii ' Apple Blossom'

Saxifraga species and my favourite today

Olsynium douglasii 

Primula 'Netta Dennis'

 Dionysia aretioides 'Bevere' and spectacular

Fritillaria raddeana

Draba yunnanensis

Cornus mas - a mass of blossom

We had a visitor at lunch

Location for lunch

Visitor 2
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