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A “grand day out”

(I know this is a long post, but I hope you read it! There are pictures too, they are like so great in posts.)

I’ve been lazy today and haven’t done any writing. And what I’m writing about actauly happened on Monday! So very late and I apologise for that. I’m all behind! I started to upload the photographs but then deciede on doing the precivouse post first, meaning this was placed to the side. Until now….

Monday 15th April 2013

Well it’s been lovely weather,  sunshine, blue skies all day. The daffidills nod, the birds sing, even seen a few bees and butterflies going about. The trees are blooming, leaves just showing and the gale force winds gently blow everything away… yes… it has been just a little windy the past week. The forcaster’s never warned us of that did they! Today’s wasn’t spent in my own garden, but in a much different garden. In another town infact.

I went for a day trip out to the RHS Harlow Carr!

If you never been, then it’s well worth the visit. A huge place with lot’s of areas to walk through and see. 

I focused more on the Kitchen garden and spring bulbs on this visit, although if I my camera’s battery hadn’t gone flat, then there would of also been the chickens,the green house, the massive alpine house, and willow fencing that I helped build when I volunteered here. Thankfully I still took lots of photos and few will be on the blog!

I’m assuming you’ve never been here in your life so I’ll try and explain as much as I can and also what I did there for most of the day: You go down a long road on a hill and then take a turning to get to the car park and main buildings. It’s a smart, well built site. It’s all built sandstone coloured bricks and it’s all very well cared for. There is a Betty’s cafe (This is the posh tea room) on the left, and a little further down to the right is the doors to the main entrance. At the end there is a shop and a small garden centre.  I go into the reception and pay to go into Harlow Carr.  Then I walk into another room ( well more of a conservatory) well lit with many windows. There are also information boards and maps of the gardens but I’ve been before so I just went outside through another sliding door.  I’m now in the beautiful gardens. image It’s so green and spring like! I take a turning and carry on walking I pass a lovely planting of heather.image and take photos of the daffidills and pots of amazing mixtures of flowering spring bulbs. I follow the path until I come accross a pond. There isn’t much happening that I can see but it makes a pretty picture. image

I wander here and there, admiring a flower and taking a pictures. One time I even came across two fighting sparrows in a tussle on the ground.

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It was fascinating! Must of been there for at least 8 miniutes.image

image This garden is a very green one. Well that’s a silly statement… Nearly all gardens are very green. But I’m trying to give a sense of my surroundings. If you understand? 

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 But I’m trying to give a sense of my surroundings. If you understand? There is lots of flowers,bushes,trees and it’s a great place for inspiration. Gets you thinking “That’s a good idea!”.

In Harlow Carr, you can always see or hear birds and if you find one of more secluded areas  it’s very reastful. I took a book “Tarka (The otter)” along with me to read and just sat on a wooden bench for an hour, the sun on my back and just chilled. I let the world carry on while I stayed in this little place. I even decided to take my sandle off at one point! Make myself at home… don’t worry I didn’t have sweaty feet. That isn’t a nice thought… 

The Kitchen/Vegetable garden-

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Anyway, I did have to go home at some point and my mother was visiting a friend, so she rang and offered a lift. And so I walk back past the streams, through winding paths and plantings of

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Hellebores:

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 and various beauties that I don’t even know the names of yet. I walk up the green slopes and  turn past the heather’s and up the wide steps. I go through both of the sliding doors, saying a polite good bye to a member of staff in the reception and then all the way back to the start of the post by walking out into the car park again. It’s been a great trip out. I’ve seen that spring is nearly in full swing and I’ve really enjoyed seeing a different garden and all the plants. I hope I haven’t bored you, I really have tried to make this interesting.

I wonder if you have any favourite gardens that you’ve visited? Please drop me a note, I would be great to chat!

That’s all for now,

The Girl with Green Fingers

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5 notes

  1. hqcreations said: sooo lovely! very jealous :-)
  2. leannegardens reblogged this from thevegplot and added:
    This literally made me gasp - want those kitchen gardens!
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