Visiting Flowers

Over the last few years an increasing number of gardens have opened in January and February for people to see the snowdrops. I rather like the idea of going to visit a certain flower, it’s a bit like the Japanese going to see the cherry blossom (though no where near as spectacular!). This year my Women’s Institute arranged a visit to Goldsborough Hall to see the snowdrops.

Goldsborough Hall

Goldsborough Hall is a stately home which is now open to guests, it was originally built in the early 1600’s, it was passed down through the generations until 1756 when it was bought by Daniel Lascelles and became part of the Harewood Estate. It’s most famous resident was Princess Mary, daughter of King George V, she married Viscount Lascelles and lived there for their early married life. During the war it became a school and later a nursing home. After closing it laid empty for a couple of years before being sold in 2005, it’s been restored by it’s current owners to a family home, but they do weddings and guest accommodation etc.

The 12 acre gardens are mainly woodland and parkland, under the trees is just a mass of snowdrops.

Snowdrops at Goldsborough Hall

I have to confess, I’m not a great connoisseur of snowdrops, I can appreciate there are different heights, size of flowers and very slight colour variations, but they are all just very pretty to me!

Snowdrops at Goldsborough Hall

There were lots of named varieties…

Snowdrops at Goldsborough Hall

…but I mainly enjoyed just seeing them en masse.

Snowdrops at Goldsborough Hall

Last week my walking buddy and I changed our plans for the day and instead of walking up Pen-y-ghent we went to the seaside (via plant nursery and fabric shop!!) and came home via Kirby Lonsdale as we had been told the crocuses in the churchyard were worth a visit.

crocuses at Kirby Lonsdale

We were not disappointed! The churchyard is just covered with crocuses and daffodils, it looked beautiful. We spent a very peaceful few minutes just wandering round looking at the blooms.

crocuses at Kirby Lonsdale

Some of the houses and buildings in Kirby Lonsdale looked really interesting, we will have to return when we have a little more time and maybe slightly warmer weather!.

crocuses at Kirby Lonsdale

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Visiting Flowers

  1. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous pics

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  2. How beautiful, I do love seeing snowdrops and that grave yard is stunning too with all the flowers. Thanks for sharing x

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It think this stand of Galanthus does rival the cherry blossoms. Like you I wouldn’t care about the variety of Galanthus. I just want to see them in such a large swathe. Oh my, and that cemetery is absolutely gorgeous covered with so many crocus and daffodils. I have never seen such a display and I would love to. I guess I will have to keep planting.

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  4. How pretty, all those flowers are a breath of spring. I am so ready for it to warm up!!

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    All lovely, but especially the graveyard.

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  6. You get to wander around some spectacular places! I love the daffodils and thanks for a lovely reminder on spring 🙂

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    Gorgeous pictures–love those snow drops and crocuses! Anything spring like is welcome right now!

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