Last weekend we took the advantage of a free visit for local people to Scampston Hall walled garden and park.
The walled garden was a little disappointing at this time of year.
The vegetable garden had just been sewn with this summer’s crop, the only thing to see where chives and rhubarb which quite frankly we had better specimens at home.
What surprised us was the difference the walls made on the garden, the season is far more advanced here than at home. This tulip was fully open, whereas at home the daffodils are still at their best and no sign of tulips yet.
These beds will be spectacular in summer. Then we rounded the corner
To a fabulous display of cherry trees. I have never seen such blossom, or so many cherry trees together. Would love to know of other gardens with cherry trees.
It was a lovely sunny day and children enjoyed this fountain. Then we headed off into the park designed by Capability Brown.
The house from the park which was very much shut up still. Be interesting to go back when the house is open too.
A lovely lake to walk round. The bridge is actually the main road from York to Scarborough.
The old ice house, wonderfully preserved. There is something rather decadent about an ice house I feel. Maybe I should explain ice house. This one was situated near the lake, so that in winter the servants could cut blocks of ice from the frozen lake and store it in the ice house, so that come the summer the owners could eat ice cream and sorbets, frozen in the ice brought up from the ice house.
No park is complete without a cascade and
We enjoyed sitting here in the sunshine, with the daffodils and the lake.
All in all a lovely afternoon out. The weather since has been wonderful, lots of sunshine… I could get used to this retirement malarkey.
Here’s to a lovely weekend for us all… we are going sofa shopping AGAIN. Wish us luck.