Helmsley Walled Garden – a return visit

The improvement in the weather is stirring the need to get out and about, so last week, I paid another visit to the Helmsley Walled Garden  to see what changes have occurred since my previous visit at Easter.

The garden, built in 1759, sits beneath the impassive gaze of the ruins of Helmsley Castle, at the southern edge of the North York Moors. It’s five acres are small enough to get round, but large enough to lose that plant you wanted to go back and see again.

The laburnum is in flower and the plants draped across a pergola, appear to be dripping with bright yellow drops and now frame a view to the castle

Laburnum framing a view to the castle

Laburnum framing a view to the castle

Lush Laburnum

Lush Laburnum

It is the pergola that looked lush, not the occupant!

The other common colour in evidence was shades of purple and the upstanding spheres of allium were all around.

Double border

Double border

Some more purple; Irises this time, with big bold flowers and some a really dark purple.

There was a big patch of cornflowers and hidden around them these big showy flowers, which I think are specialised cornflowers, but I couldn’t find a name, so if anyone can help?

This poppy looked quite decadent and reminded me of Victorian draperies –

Large poppy

Large poppy

Pink poppy

Pink poppy

I have an idea that this overgrown giant is some form of gunnera and would not want to pick a fight with it!

Unknown plant

Unknown plant

And now we move onto the white gallery

Hidden behind the Physic garden was this wonderful stone water feature

Water stone and moss

Water stone and moss

I started this post with the castle and thought this view would be a fitting finale.

New life, old walls

New life, old walls

I am sorry the narrative is a bit sketchy. I am getting behind with recounting my life beyond the bird table. I find it is easy taking the photographs but much harder going through them afterwards and deciding whether you have anything worth sharing. I have a couple more excursions already stacked up on the memory card and must press on.

I hope you find these images of interest.

 

 

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