Thursday, 19 May 2016
Going back in time now, to the May Day bank holiday weekend, as I haven't got round to posting this series. The weather then was cold and windy with heavy showers, not very spring-like at all. (It has improved a bit since.) I was craving colour and warmth so I decided to visit the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) gardens at Harlow Carr near Harrogate. Regular readers will remember a visit there before, though not in the spring. (Look back at September and October 2014 for photos - or click the 'Harlow Carr' label below.) I found some colour there but, alas, little warmth on the day I went. It was well into the afternoon before the sun came out and the weak rays held scant power. Nevertheless, it is a great place to explore. As befits such a renowned garden, the planting is inspired and there are many unusual and interesting cultivars.