Sunday, 1 March 2009

Sparkling Spring Gardens

This month of March sees Spring burst forth in gardens right across the country, and those in Lakeland are no exception... The grass is growing again and turning a deeper shade of green. Bright pansies, and fresh sparkling crocus jostle for our attention at every turn.

Its over 200 years since Lakes poet William Wordsworth penned what have become some of the most famous lines of all time....

“...all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden Daffodils”

Now there is hardly a garden, grass verge, pot or planter that doesn’t cheer us with these indispensable, happy golden symbols of spring.

The days are noticeably longer now, and as the clocks change, there’s more time to get out and about, and to enjoy the interest and excitement that visiting good gardens gives. Kicking off the new season in Cumbria are:

Brockhole- Terraced Edwardian splendour leading right down to the shores of Windermere.

Holehird- An immaculately kept garden with superb views across lakes and fells, and a superb collection of plants to match.

Muncaster- Wild woodland set aglow with breathtaking clouds of colourful rhododendrons billowing down steep hillside.

Holker- Impeccable formal gardens giving way to pleasure grounds and woodland that are a plantsman’s paradise.

Sizergh- Home to the National Trust’s biggest and best rock garden- an absolute delight in the springtime.

Don’t forget too, those private gardens’ very special charity openings through the ‘Yellow Book’ scheme... Topping the listings in the Lake District is that Great Langdale stalwart ‘Copt Howe’. A truly great, eccentric and individual creation with marvellous mountain views.

So, if the sight of a swaying host of golden daffodils draws you near to their spiritual home- Cumbria, the Lake District. You will be thrilled too by the host of spectacular springtime gardens waiting to be explored....

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