My latest review of a lovely hidden garden, Chapelside in Mungrisedale. Well worth a visit. Check the www.ngs.org.uk website for opening times
What was in at Chelsea this year? That old favourite...Salvia nemerosa Caradonna...
also, chunky stone or concrete edges hovering over water
also, corten steel still popular
and plenty of 'plank' paving
In the Floral Marquee some fantastic displays from the nurseries. I particularly loved the Irises and Verbascums at Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, came home keen to get some more varieties going in my garden.
Springing into Life
"Springing into life" is something I wrote about a recent visit to Dalemain Garden for the fabulous and entertaining Wellies and Wine Blog...
Planning an afternoon off next week to go and see the George Shaw exhibition which is currently at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal. So pleased when I saw his show was coming north. More to follow...
It was such a freezing, sleety day yesterday I couldn't work outside, it felt cold at my desk, so I went to Rheged to see The Great Print Exhibition. It was excellent, so refreshing and light after this week of stormy weather. With a coffee in the cafe afterwards, definitely a good way to combat the January blues. And warm up! I really liked the prints by Mark Pearce, this is one of his paintings from his website. Exactly sums up the colours of the puddles, tracks, walls and fells which are my world these days.
Being a huge fan of Garden Designer Dan Pearson, I was very excited to learn that he had been commissioned to do a design for the restoration of the gardens at Lowther Castle. Just round the corner from me! We go every few weeks with the kids ( they love the tree swings, the play area with its great wooden fortress, and the cafe obviously) and so it has been really interesting seeing the concept plan put into action. The wildflower meadows, the modern courtyard planting and the gradual uncovering of mossy remains of ancient rose gardens and the like give the place a sense of adventure and discovery. Martin Ogle, the head Gardener, and his team of volunteers are doing a fantastic job.
Askham Hall Gardens - lovely mix of formal and wild