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BARNSDALE GARDEN TRIP.

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  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Nut, you've lost me.  Gave up physics as soon as I possibly could.  But the teenager got the highest marks in his year at school in last year's physics exam, so maybe he was making a smart alec point.  (Most likely the point was 'don't ask me to wash up again if you want your crockery in one piece!'). 

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Glad you all had a lovely day image I was with you in spirit if not in body image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Hi Panda

    Dove has taken Mollyimage

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Hurrah image Thanks Dove and Nut image Can't wait to catch up with her in late July image

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Lovely picture of the ladies. image

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 15,679

    What a lovely pic of you all. Chicky, Busy Bee,......you look so different image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 41,288

    Great pic and glad you all had a good time. I imagine plenty of ice cream was eaten. I had some yesterday at home - just to keep you company of course...image

    BB- I not only had a teenager washing up last night - I had one making the dinner. She stops being a teenager in a couple of weeks though - does that mean she's officially 'an adult'...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,430

    BARNSDALE REPORT

     We arrived at 12 ish (allowing for random tractors) and as a busload of 80  was due in, we sampled the delights of the cafe first. .  Most ate salads, but I had a good chunk of coffee and walnut cake to fortify me for the walk around the gardens.

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     A random group of people wandering around the gardens.

    The gardens are now mature, time has passed since Geoff Hamilton constructed them, with trees  casting more shade than they would originally.  It could have been very bitty, with a series of gardens, but one seemed to flow into another, almost like the rooms at Hidcote. Some had obvious delineations, other parts like the shady walk, just merged one into another.  We had the benefit of glorious sunshine, and shade was often needed.  The  bus trip didn't overwhelm the garden, there is plenty of seating dotted around for those that needed it.

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     After two hours wandering around, we had to sample the delight of Belvoir cold drinks from the fridge, and Roskilly ice cream from the freezer..... and then venture forth again.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Wow Fidget image image image That looks an amazing place, and fab pics (sure there are more to come!)

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,430

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     Looking up, there is a mature tulip tree (Liriodendron) in full flower above the Versailles walk.

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     We marvelled at the eight foot tall delphiniums. Despite only using organic iron based slug pellets, they were untouched by slugs, and various colours were looking magnificent dotted around the gardens.

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     While there were many pleasing plant combinations around the gardens, this is one we didn't like. The Heuchera clashed horribly with the penstemon and geranium.

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     Mixed nigella and calendula in the potager garden.

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     The mediterranean or dry garden. No water is used in this garden

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     There were a number of white barked silver birches, forming the shady walk. Underplantings of hellebore and pulmonaria  would  be a highlight in Spring, but in high summer gave us some respite from the heat.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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