Alnwick Garden ~ April 2018~ Part 5 ~ bits and bobs

The tree house at Alnwick Gardens is one of the biggest I know of (not that I know of many, except that mad one in Tenessee) and is made from  sustainably sourced Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood and English and Scots pine. It has a well-reviewed restaurant doing local fare, and has wobbly rope bridges to cross. There’s also a lunch place called The Potting Shed in the top part of the tree house.         There’s also a lake with a pair of swans, the Lady Swan was nesting     The Alnwick Garden website is https://www.alnwickgarden.com if anyone is…

Alnwick Garden ~ April 2018 ~ people

Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE Alnwick Gardens is a popular place for families to visit, as long as it isn’t raining too hard, there’s always a lot of cars in the car park. It’s such a big place though so you never feel crowded. It’s a good place to people watch if you are so inclined                         We’ll finish up this series next time with the giant tree house and some extraneous extras, so stay tooned my lovlies, treat yourself to the embiggenable versions of…

Alnwick Gardens ~ part 3 ~ flowers

Part 1 HERE.    Part 2 HERE Of course, a garden isn’t really a garden without flowers.  At the top of the central water cascade is where they’re all at, in a walled-off courtyard.  Plenty of tulips in bloom in April of course, all gloriously coloured, such happy flowers to see after a long grey winter.   a lovely magnolia was in bloom too,   always glad to get the macro lens out. Stay tooned folks, more to come. 🙂    

Alnwick Gardens ~part 2 ~ the water features.

Part 1 HERE WARNING- long post alert, short attention spanners cease here. 🙂 I neglected to tell the History of Alnwick Gardens in part 1, so I’ll remedy that here. The History Bit Adjacent to Alnwick Castle, the gardens have a long history under the Dukes of Northumberland but fell into disrepair until revived at the turn of the 21st century. The first garden was made by the 1st Duke of Northumberland in 1750 and he employed Capability Brown, a great English architect and known in the 18th century as Englands greatest gardener. He designed over 170 parks/gardens, many of which are…

Alnwick Gardens ~ April 2018 ~ Part 1 ~ Tai Haku Blossom

Cherry blossom, don’t you just love how it bursts forth at the end of winter, piercing the grey skies in defiance with their lush pink or white bunches of blossom. I have a  lovely pink one in my front garden, but Sophie doesn’t, so when Spring comes, we go off on a blossom hunt.  This year Sophie found out that Alnwick gardens have an orchard of over 300 Tai Haku cherry blossom trees, the biggest in the world apparently. The story of the Tai Haku is lovely. Back in the day, a chap called Captain Collingwood Ingram, was obsessed with…