Scampston Walled Garden – Autumn finery; beautiful texture; strong architectural bones; wild, detailed and transparent planting – impressions from this Yorkshire Garden

Friends have just visited this Walled Garden at Scampston and I was reminded of my visit several years ago - in fact six years ago to this very day - and yet I've not presented these images in these pages beforehand. Shame and Fie! So for your delight and delectation, these autumnal images and a…

Mr Toad

Tricyrtis macropoda (of the lily family) The Toad Lilies, so-called because of their spotted flowers, are sound perennials, preferring a soil that does not dry out, and containing a good stint of humus. They do well in the north, but the cooler the district the more sun should be available to them, to hasten their…

Scampston Walled Garden

The Plantsman's Walk, Or a little less than one quarter of it, leading into the Walled Gardens at Scampston in North Yorkshire. An avenue of limes with a border mainly of spring-flowering plants, including Paeonie rockii and Edgworthia chrystantha (two of my favourite plants, featured earlier in these entries), underplanted with many bulbs, and autumn…

A Yorkshire Tale

Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon A week exploring North Yorkshire and much to see was there! Newby Hall & Gardens, near Ripon, was near the top of the list of attractions and a real plant hunters delight with much that is rare and unusual. The National Collection of Cornus kousa, a whole garden of salvias…