Tuesday, 19 April 2016

An Open Garden

Hello Lovelies,
after spending most of my week off in the garden... weeding, planting, digging up and dividing I was ready for a little trip on Sunday.
Mum had kindly brought me the NGS booklet for our area and one open garden immediately caught my eye.

I do seem to be a little bit obsessed with gardens at the moment, but that's not a bad thing, surely. I'm going with it anyway.

So on Sunday morning hubby, eldest and I set off to Felley Priory.
It was only about 10am when we arrived and the flowers were still glistening with dew, beneath a clear blue sky.......



We walked past beds of spring flowers and came upon this wonderful pond, it made me gasp with delight..........





The sunlight sparkled on the water.....


And everywhere there were flowers........



How I loved it's setting, with cute old cottages as a backdrop........


Ahhh, a lovely mossy wall. And this one had flowers too!.......


This striking marginal plant caught my eye........


and from here we could see the priory it's self........



I loved this corner of the garden, with it's intriguing statue, and someone's forgotten weeding tools......


Who ever does the weeding here does an amazing job. The beds were all so well tended, full of beautiful plants, most just awaking from their witner slumber but lots looking their absolute best. If there were any weeds I certainly didn't see them.

So much hard work I'm sure, and yet large parts of the garden looked very natural...........


There were lots of these charming Fritillary scattered throughout the grass around the pond too........


In complete contrast the formal gardens near the priory were very manicured. Perfect lawns, and immaculate topiary caught the eye........


I liked these pergolas. I'm sure they will look stunning in summer, offering cool shade beneath beautiful flowers.......


I do love Clematis, but I rarely seem to have much luck with them.........


These  ducks made me smile, and in the background you can see the lovely view from the garden.........


Around the side of the priory was another spring garden.....


So many lovely Daffodils........


All these plant supports gave a hint of the summer blooms to come.......


Through an old doorway we entered the Rose garden.......


Oh, what a delightful spot. We headed straight for the bench, to sit in the warm sunshine......


And beside it I spotted a flower that's one of my favourites.......


The  old stone wall and the beautiful magnolia tree here were delightful......


of course the Roses were not yet flowering.....


They were mostly being trained up arched supports, but this metal basket looked an older and very charming way to showcase these special flowers.....



Oh look, more fritillary........


and lovely Magnolia trees........


It was good to see new areas were being planted too.........


Eventually we walked back through the older part of the garden.......



Past the nursery........


and followed the blue signs up the muddy, slippery path........


till we found the bells of blue ( or is it purple?)......


well, whichever colour, it's simply stunning........


I couldn't stop taking photos......




It's one of nature's truly magical sights, don't you think.......













From this part of the woodland you could look back towards the priory.......

I loved the pretty valley Felley priory was nestled in. 

The gardens are open all year round, but not every day.
 See HERE for opening times. I do hope to come back in the summer, but I'm so glad we travelled here at Bluebell time too.....



Jacquie x

Friday, 15 April 2016

A Misty Start

Hello Lovelies,
I'm currently enjoying a week off work and spending a majority of the hours in my garden. My walking total for April is rubbish at the moment, but while I have the energy and enthusiasm to tackle the garden I feel I need to keep at it.
On Wednesday moring I work up with hubby's alarm (6am) and got up with him. It was clear and sunny. When he left for work we noticed a mist had rolled in. Ooooh, time for a walk :0)

Eldest was stirring so I told him I'd be gone for an hour and quickly got dressed. This was the scene at 7.30 am.........


I  love to be out early. At a time I would normally be going to work or getting the boys organised for their day. I could here the distant hum of the rush hour as I walked along the path, but at the same time I felt enclosed in my own little world..........



Hello walking boots, I'm sorry you have been a bit neglected lately.......


It was that sot of light mist, where the sun can still filter through. The wet grass sparkled with millions of dewdrops.......


And the colours of the damp dead nettle shone out..........

So pretty.


I could just see blue sky as I walked the  footpath by the railway line......


Can you see the train tracks on the left?   It's just a field and a wire fence and few shrubby trees....but gosh it looked lovely that morning.........




The embankment was washed in a gentle golden glow.........


And so many rabbits were out nibbling the crops. You might just be able to make out the white fluffy tail of one as he hurried out of sight into the bushes..........


He scampered off down there somewhere....into his burrow to sleep..........


I've taken so many photo of this hog weed skeleton over the winter, while there was precious else to catch the eye...........


In the little woodland this beautiful web made me stop and smile.........


Such delicate beauty normally hidden from our eyes, now glistening with dewdrops and showing off it's creators skill and patience.........


The twisted old branches of the Hawthorn trees always catch my eye.........


But on Wednesday the light was the thing that delighted........



I climbed the steps........


and walked the zig zag path..........


smiled at the new leaves unfurling.........


and thought the place looked quite magical........


A place where fairies might live.......


Back out in the real world I walked beside this row of beautiful trees.......


And climbed the first stile of the day..........


The hazy sunlight reflected off the field pond........


and the new green leaves of this young Oak sapling shone out.......


Can you see it here, standing proudly with it's parent.......


Who's leaves are still in their buds.......


Small objects in the grass caught my eye. Like this pretty feather.........


and a scrap of wool from the sheep who live in this field..........


There they are in the distance........


Let me zoom in so you can see them and their sweet lambs, enjoying breakfast by the looks of things.......


I climbed another stile........


and another, entwined with Ivy.......


I'm not sure which tree these buds belong to, but their velvety pinkness was delightful........


Through the kissing gate........


and I'm in the churchyard.......



I sit in the porch for a minute or two.........


And gaze at the daffodils among the gravestones......


There are clumps of wild primroses too........


all glistening with dewdrops and creamy perfection.....


All the way along my walk I've been seeing birds and listening to their songs, here I finally manage to capture a photo of one.......


The track to the church is still shrouded in mist........


and the bird silhouettes are easy to pick out..........


It's the out of the way setting of this church that makes it extra special I think.......


Along the roadside Euphorbias and daffodils add pops of colour......



Then it's through the tunnel........


and the last few stiles......


Here the Blackthorn blossom catches my eye. Such a beautiful flower........

There will be Sloes here in autumn.


And close to home I spot the first cow parsley in flower......


As I reached home I smiled at the blackbird in our neighbours garden. It was such a special walk and it seems the early bird really does get the worm.........


Than you for joining me.
Jacquie x