The Caley Study Tour to Gardens of the Lake District and Lancashire

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On our way south we stopped at Dalemain House and Garden near Penrith.  The Mecanopsis had come to an end but many old fashioned roses were still much in evidence.  It is just as well that the garden is home to some drought loving plants because it was pretty hot during our visit!

Tuesday morning: Leven’s Hall and a fine Elizabethan House with gardens originally laid out in the 1690s.  Even if you don’t normally like topiary you would have to admit the topiary was impressive and suitably underplanted by colourful but subtle bedding.  Difficult to pick just one impressive aspect of this lovely garden.  We could all have stayed longer here there was so much to see.

Tuesday afternoon: Sizergh Castle Gardens.   An unusual limestone rock garden with Japanese Acers.  A productive and colourful kitchen garden. It was fascinating to see the large numbers of  baby frogs making their way across the paths and grass areas.  They were simply everywhere.  (Note to self try to grow Erigeron on the steps at home).

Pictures to follow soon!

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