We arrived after 12 hours of travel close to Harrogate and were happy to still have some daylight to see where we had landed. One entire week of holidays ahead,oh joy!
As the gardens we wanted to visit are RHS ones, we decided to start in Harrogate's Harlow Carr Monday morning and go straight to buy an annual RHS membership.
The garden offered wonderful late summer impressions, colours, smells and a matching temperature. Here is a selection of pictures as we walked through, however afterwards we felt as if we had not had enough and went again on Wednesday morning.
|Many volunteers contribute to the maintenance|
|Great inspiration from the vegetable patch|
|A real tomato house|
|plenty of willow is used all over the vegetable patch|
|a nice break right in the center of the garden|
|September light at its best|
|A lovely shady place among the huge trees|
|cyclamen in nice soft ground|
|a squirrel running off, only a grey one|
|there was a sitting area with plenty of different chimes and EG made a wonderful background sound performance|
|shelter for wildlife|
|in front of the lake were huge piles of sea weed which had been fished out, it had all gone when we came back|
|soft autumn colours just starting|
|borders alongside the stream|
|huge gunneras where they like it most, half shady and humid|
|back to the vegetable plot|
|all the delimitations are done in a different way|
|outside after having bought nice things from the shop|
|One cannot ignore Betty's!|
We sadly had to accept.
Suddenly, big surprise: the wonderful lady comes back with a Betty's bag and whispers to us: as you have asked so kindly, I went to see the Manager and he allowed me to give you this:
The whole selection of menus! J'étais aux anges!
P.S. I have a collection of famous places' menu cards which started back in 1987 on my last trip with my mother to New Orleans. That was at 'Arnaud's' in the French Quarter and it was even hand signed by the waiter :-).
./. soon to be continued with Fountain's Abbey