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…

A Chill Yorkshire Odyssey to end the Year and some Art at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to begin 2015

A walk from Grimwith Reservoir towards Skyreholme, past the delightful (but closed) house and gardens at Parceval Hall and over the snowy moors. Parceval Hall is well worth the effort, an Arts and Craft star in a very unexpected setting. From my own back catalogue... https://teddingtongardener.com/2013/07/08/parcevall-hall-gardens-yorkshire-dales/ https://teddingtongardener.com/2013/07/08/the-clattering-of-rubies/ https://teddingtongardener.com/2013/07/07/a-yorkshire-tale/   This icy New Year's Eve walk…

A poor old widow in her weeds, Sowed her garden with wild-flower seeds, Not too shallow, and not too deep, And down came April drip-drip-drip. Up shone May, like gold, and soon Green as an arbour grew leafy June. And now all Summer she sits and sews Where willow herb, comfrey, bugloss blows, Teasle and tansy, meadowsweet, Campion, toadflax, and rough hawksbit, Brown bee orchid, and Peals of Bells, Clover, burnet, and thyme she smells, Like Oberons meadows her garden is Drowsy from dawn till dusk with bees. Weeps she never, but sometimes sighs, And peeps at her garden with bright brown eyes, A poor old Widow in her weeds.

A Widows Weeds Walter De La Mare A poor old widow in her weeds, Sowed her garden with wild-flower seeds, Not too shallow, and not too deep, And down came April drip-drip-drip. Up shone May, like gold, and soon Green as an arbour grew leafy June. And now all Summer she sits and sews Where…

NOT in rich glebe and ripe green garden only Does Summer weave her sweet resistless spells, But in high hills, and moorlands waste and lonely, The vast enchantment of her presence dwells. Wide sky, and sky-wide waste of thyme and heather, Perpetual sleepy hum of golden bees…

the cycling references are for Le Tour de France, which recently triumphed through Yorkshire and finally, mad cow, no, though a little eccentric... A break from the strictly horticultural life and out amongst Natural Beauty, this time in the Yorkshire Dales and here, Swaledale in particular. A walk starting in Reeth, taking in Marrick Priory,…

Bluebeard

Blue Bearded Iris at Newby Hall, Yorkshire Newby Hall, Yorkshire - a substantial double herbaceous border punctuated with these glorious iris, the name of which I either neglected to note - or was not marked - or I didn't bother to look if it was (so much to photograph...) I think the colour has been…

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…

Molten lava….

OK, so it's not a phase. Officially, Orange and more Orange. A return visit to the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr (near Harrogate in Yorkshire) and so much to see!  Small in comparison to RHS Wisley, but still packing in the excitement and seasonal interest. Planted containers full of tulips, in vibrant and jewel-like combinations,…