Saturday, 25 October 2014

Until we meet again...

RHS Harlow Carr - I had such a wonderful time wandering around the RHS's Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate. Every view, every planter, every bed, every border is breathtaking to the senses - colours, shapes, textures, scent. So many photos - but I hope you've enjoyed them and didn't mind me taking a bit of a (necessary) break and resorting to posting endless garden pictures. We'll say a fond farewell to Harrogate for now - until another season.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Thursday, 23 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - There are lots of places in the gardens to sit and rest, and to contemplate the beauty of nature. This little summerhouse is in a pretty spot beside a stream.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - This rose is called 'Grace' - that's my eldest granddaughter's second name too. Isn't it gorgeous? It has a lovely scent too.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - more willow sculptures, like poppy seed heads, enliven an area planted with wildflowers.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Colour coded

RHS Harlow Carr - like a colour swatch chart - more of the inspired colour combinations in the long borders.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pixie paradise

RHS Harlow Carr -
If I was a pixie, I think Harlow Carr Gardens would be the most desirable place to live that I could imagine. There were little doors in the walls and little doors in the the tree trunks  - and look, they even have their own village.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Potting shed

RHS Harlow Carr - even the inside of the potting shed was photogenic.

Friday, 17 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - a sunflower, one of my favourite flowers. I have a huge vase of fake ones in my sitting room and they never fail to cheer me up - a bright patch of sunshine in the corner. At Harlow Carr, the vegetables beds were filled with flowers as well as vegetables. This sunflower is right next to a runner bean plant.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A bowl full

RHS Harlow Carr - It was the small 'set pieces' at Harlow Carr that stopped me in my tracks, as much as the big vistas and wide borders. This would not be impossible to replicate in my tiny back yard. I especially like the walllflowers scattered among the paving stones.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Natural sculpture

RHS Harlow Carr - more naturally sculptural plants and wonderful colours.

Monday, 13 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - one of the little streams that runs through the gardens, giving the opportunity for a different kind of planting of ferns and foliage.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Personal update

My daughter is home from hospital now and hopefully on the road to full recovery, thank God - though her daily medications routine needs its own planner! The baby seems fine, thankfully, and her big sister (3rd birthday next week!) will get back on a more even keel now she has her mum back, I'm sure. Phew. I'm sorry I am not doing much in the way of visiting everyone else's blogs  - it doesn't work on my iPhone really - but we will all get back to 'normal' one day. I'm regrouping ready for some more granny duty - though when I managed to lock myself out of their apartment with no coat, no phone, bag or money and only my slippers on my feet, I don't think I was being much in the way of help!


Continuing the garden series from RHS Harlow Carr near Harrogate - now here's an innovation! The Tomtato, a grafted plant that produces both cherry tomatoes above ground and potatoes below ground, from the same plant. This is possible not through any genetic modification but simply through careful grafting. Potatoes and tomatoes are closely related, so they can be grafted together in the same way as fruit trees or roses - an all-natural and perfectly safe process.