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mardi 24 février 2015

Beautiful Yorkshire: Ripon and Stillingfleet Nurseries

Nearly as many years as I longed for visiting Ireland, I dreamed of visiting York.
We had our cottage near Harrogate and from there went across the different destinations we both had on our wishlist. York was the very MUST SEE on it. But before doing so, there was the very last opportunity on 24th September to visit STILLINGFLEET LODGE Nurseries.

On our way to Stillingfleet, we passed the market town of Ripon and visited its beautiful cathedral.
on our way to the cathedral
translates: either never attempt or accomplish, i.e.: try not, do!





there was so much to take in


inside the cathedral, it was breathtakingly stunning












There was so much to see and to discover. At one point I lost EG who went down some dark steps behind these doors and got locked.... Luckily, somebody from the cathedral heard him banging and he got out. One must always have an eye on this man!




This is what greats you first when you are on the entrance of Stillingfleet Nurseries



Very helpful to have these explanations which change with the seasons


the very promising entrance to the show garden


the garden cat 

this is the enticing entrance to the new tea room - we looked forward to it for afterwards

welcomed by doves

cute WC


geraniums - one of my preferred perennials


loved the clematis!


















The weather was great and it was easy to take good pictures. Every detail in this garden was charming, the respect for nature so evident. The way how naturally everything lives in harmony side-by-side, just our cup of tea!

the family home






all these details reflect the love for nature







suddenly appears a modern garden room 

clematis in a beech hedge

fowls in the neighbour's field


not only foliage but also tree's barks were put in evidence

another garden room to explore





this controlled wilderness is exactly what we aim for at home in the bayous

bees, of course

the beehives 




















The further we explored, the more I wished we could visit this garden at all the seasons but its autumnal dress was certainly a very nice taster.

great plan of the lay-out and very helpful



I loved also the neighbour's cottage!

insect hotel, just simply with reclaimed materials

 Then came the section with all the little helpers:



even the baby chicks were allowed to roam freely

the compost heap

autumn bliss: asters



a hint of autumn but it was still very much of  summer in the air

every corner had something clever to offer

we could take so much inspiration back home


I love how clever 'the Avenue' has been realized with the square under planting and the low and high mowed grass and the borders in the background

grasses, also a great item in the autumn garden

isn't this lovely?

loved the sempervivum in the groves



all clean!!!

dreaming of steps like that




the lady who invites guests to sit next to her

lovely tea, coffee and cake was had afterwards

the new tea room offers beautiful looks outside and plenty of information about plants, magazines, books - one could stay some more hours to enjoy 


here also, you feel the love for detail and natural beauty



the last photo is of the remarkable lady who created and maintains all this, Vanessa Cook



Dear Vanessa, thank you very very much for a great day in your universe! We utterly enjoyed it and simply regret to live so far away to not to be able to enjoy your paradise throughout the different seasons. Dear readers, if ever you come to Yorkshire, here is the link to visit this wonderful garden and nursery: 

stillingfleet lodge nurseries

4 commentaires:

  1. Although we visited York many years ago, I had not heard of Stillingfleet. What an intriguing garden. I would imagine anyone would come away full of inspiration.

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  2. What a beautiful place this must be. I can just imagine you and your EG and how much you would have enjoyed and appreciated every corner of the garden and nursery. You photos are lovely - one feels that one has been there too. I loved the quirky shots - the pots lined on the stairs, the mailbox against the old wall. You have such an eye, Anke.

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  3. Such wonderful photographs. I do especially love the one of the dove.
    I discovered you by way of Christine at Gentlework.
    The beauty of all the green you have shared has warmed my heart hopeful that soon Spring shall find its way here. Very soon I might add!
    Susan

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  4. What an enchanting place! Your photos are lovely, very creative and they show this garden well. I enjoyed the informative panels. I also wish we were closer to this beautiful garden. Here in our yard, we do not have “controlled wilderness” just wilderness… so it is eye candy to look at your pictures. I need to see if there are more gardens in our area that I have not visited yet but I think it would be hard for any to rival with the pretty Stillingfleet Nurseries.

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