Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Dove Cottage garden

Another day out... but this time south of Saltaire, towards Halifax, to an area known as the Shibden Valley. It's an attractive green space, slipped in between the urban sprawl of the city of Bradford and the gritty industrial town of Halifax and close to where Sir Titus Salt had his home at Crow Nest. I was on my way to visit Shibden Hall, but first (on a friend's recommendation) I stopped off at Dove Cottage Nursery. You wouldn't know it was there, but it has a lovely 'secret' enclosed garden, full of herbaceous plants that are at their peak in July and early August. The strategically placed benches were ideal for sitting and contemplating Nature's bounty. I was enthralled by the drifts of mauve and the feathery grasses. They looked like pink mist.

11 comments:

  1. Exquisite!Nature's best plantings.

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  2. What a magical place to sit and catch your breath! Those grasses look beautifully surreal.

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  3. Impossible to me not to love this picture! a perfect spot for a bench,and such nice colors!there's a great gardener behind that!

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  4. It is a beautiful setting. I like the groupings and subtle colors.

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  5. What an enchanting spot :)

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  6. I love the tufts on the grasses and the pinks..gorgeous!

    Crow Nest..what a lovely name!

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  7. Love that wispy plant against the brighter colors, quite the enchanting spot.

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  8. Oh my gosh, this one made me gasp! I have enjoyed your tour of Dove Cottage (I'm reading your posts backwards.) ~Lili

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