Now, I like a drive and so giving up my car would be very hard to do. Especially as it means easier access to some wonderful sights. No doubt I could have discovered Belsay Hall and Gardens in Northumberland without my wheels but it was definitely a drive worth making.
The above shots were taken in the formal gardens. I love thick borders like these and they did give me some food for thought. Not that any view at home would have such an imposing building in the background!
What I hadn’t at all expected was the Quarry Garden. Through a gate we were suddenly in an enchanted garden, made in a quarry which had been the source of the stone for the Hall.
The most impressive plant was the Chilean rhubarb. That would made a perfect sunshade for the patio, which is south facing and still a little drab, in spite of recent additions in the way of the bay tree and the Japanese maple.
The rest I will leave without explanation. It was just 18°C but damp, so there a jungle-like feel to the whole experience, which seems to have been very much the intention of the man who conceived the project, Sir Charles Monck.
I’ve got a lot of work to do in my small space and am sure it will take many years of practice and patience to achieve anything which might to inspire and amaze. But I am going to try!!!
© Helen Butt, July 2013