Monday, 30 June 2014

A visit to Sizergh Castle in The Lake District, Kendal, Cumbria

Sizergh Castle, Kendal, Cumbria, National Trust UK

Sizergh castle is a National Trust maintained property on the edge on the lake district in Cumbria North West UK . It is an enjoyable and largely unpretentious place to visit, set within a lush green and verdant landscape. The castle is still inhabited by the Strickland family who have been in residence for over 750 years.

Double flowered geranium

I am not normally a fan of double flowers but i do like this, probably for the vibrancy of the colour.

Thalictrum flower head  with Lupin in background

Very striking  texture  colour combination

View of castle from kitchen garden

Percy the scarecrow

Sedum leaf axil and flower head

Limestone garden 

Limestone steps

Limestone path

A truly spectacular Acer

Lush poolside planting

Exquisite combination of Rodgersia, Astilbe, Acers and ferns with water lilies in foreground pond


Dramatic and dreamy use of Erigeron

Sedum planted into stone wall

Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'

Simple yet elegant oak gates

Yew pyramids


Erythronium, Trout Lily

Stone barn

Steps beautifully softened with grasses

Country gate
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Friday, 20 June 2014

An inspirational visit to the glorious Bodnant Gardens in Wales

Bodnant Gardens Wales, National Trust UK

Bodnant gardens in Wales cover an area of some 80 acres and is maintained and cared for by the National Trust. This is a place that i not only visit for its peaceful and calm serenity but for me it is also a place of great inspiration. One of my favorite areas in the gardens has to be the steep wooded valley which peers down to the river below, whilst the Italianate terraces are probably now at their best with the roses flowering away like mad, the scent a heady perfume truly fills the air. It is a breathtaking landscape and all the more so as a man-made artifice. Below are a collection of pictures from my recent visit.

Bodnant House

House with view to Snowdonia

Mountains of Snowdonia

The Folly by the Lily Pond

The aptly named Ladybird poppy

Achillea and California Poppy, a surreal combination


Wonderful cranesbill
Hosta, no slug damage, wonderful

Astrantia flower, a favourite

Magnolia, a piece of natural perfection

My favorite tree Cornus Kousa

Love the oversize coping stones

Sequoia tree planted in the 1870's has an eerie fairy-tale quality to it

Mysterious steps 

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