A day of beautiful flowers

The more I visit Helmsley Walled Garden, the more I love it. Today was the first time I had been in the spring and I wasn’t to be disappointed.

Look at the spectacular tulips in a meadow (with Helmsley Castle in the background).

And here is a view of the same meadow from a different angle.

These tulips are a must-have for me. In the autumn I will therefore search for some in these colours, which should suit my daughter with her pink obsession as well.

Another display of flowers which particularly caught my eye was a row of alliums. A pity they don’t seem to grow in my own garden, although there is the possibility the bulbs were simply duds. Perhaps I should try again.

On the other hand, there is no doubt that strawberries love my soil. When we went out this morning, they were already looking quite perky. But this evening upon returning home, the flowers on them had come out, so the back garden is truly full of blossom.

What a feast of fruit we’ll be having in a short while!

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to A day of beautiful flowers

  1. Natalia says:

    Wonderful pictures of the tulips, Helen!
    Juan Pablo uninstalled the app we use to communicate and when I tried to sign in again after reinstalling it doesn’t seem to work. I was wandering if you use whats app. If you don’t have my number you can reach me at my email. Sorry to bother you here! I read as many of your blog entries as I can!

    • Helen says:

      Hi Naty! Yes, I do use What’s App – I’ll send you an email so that we can sort it out.

      Anyway, I’m glad you like the tulips. They really were such an amazing sight 😊.

  2. A tulip meadow and an allium border – lovely

  3. Benjamin says:

    Lovely, just lovely! Cheers! Ben

  4. ionut barbu says:

    Hello Helen .
    The strawberries look very good indeed .
    Have you ever grown garlic with them ?
    I do in the hope will repell some pests .
    Hopefully you’ll manage to get some past the snails and other molluscs 🙂 .
    Do you have tactics against them ?
    Best wishes .
    Ionuț B .

    • Helen says:

      Hello Ionut 😊 I don’t have a problem with pests – the garden is probably too dry for slugs and snails!

      Last year, I estimate the strawberry crop was about 25 kilos. These are a brilliant strawberry plant, not only producing tons of fruit but readily reproducing with runners.

      Apart from obviously wanting the fruit, the reason they are there is as ground cover, as part of my forest garden. I understand they don’t actually like being next to garlic, so not a good companion plant. However, some plants are currently growing next to a patch of garlic, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

      I also understand that strawberries might prefer more acid soil (along with fruit in general), whereas garlic and other vegetables prefer more alkaline conditions. That said, potatoes prefer a more acid soil, although I don’t grow them.

      • ionut barbu says:

        Hi Helen .
        That’s great ! So many strawberries !
        Have a you made jam and other goodies ?
        We only have around 15-20 plants this year , many from last year runners .
        About 10 of them share a raised bed with a peach tree and garlic around 10-12 plants .
        So far they doing alright , we’ll see at harvesting hopefully .
        By the way one tea I make sometimes , especially for coughs , is thyme tea with honey 🙂 .
        Best wishes .

        • Helen says:

          Yes, made loads of jam and ate them till they were coming out of our ears and gave them away. Twenty plants could give you a reasonable crop.
          I’m not fussed on thyme but presumably the tea works for you and your family?

  5. Beautiful colours and you have reminded me I need to do a post on our wonderful cool climate garden not far away from where I live.

  6. Those dark purple? tulips are gorgeous. I hope you have success with yours next season. Helen, look at your strawberries! They’re prolific. I’m glad you’ll be feasting on them soon.

  7. Fabulous photos … the first is divine! I too love tulips .. elegant, beautiful flowers in the most spectacular colours 🙂

  8. Karen says:

    The meadows at Helmsley Walled Garden are really lovely. I think you can count on lots of strawberry jam again this year from the looks of your own garden.

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