Newby Hall and Gardens


Today we went to one of my favourite places in Yorkshire - Newby Hall near Ripon. It's an Adams House built in the 1690's and designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Although truthfully I can take or leave the inside of these historical houses, once you've seen one tapestry you've seen them all right? For me it's all about the gardens and here, they are simply exceptional.

There was definitely a hint of summer today with some much needed blue skies and sunshine. It made me long for a picnic, to put on my sandals (heck, it is June on Monday after all, I'm sick of wearing blooming thermals!), wear my new floral shirt from Zara and indulge myself in taking many, many photographs of flowers. So I did.

Last time we visited here it was late June, the perennial beds were bursting into life, rhododendrons were dropping all their big, blowsy heads and Summer was in full flow. This time it was all about Spring plantings - because it's been so cold there were still bluebells and magnolias in flower. I do love seeing how a garden evolves throughout the seasons. Highlights were the aliums surrounded by honey bees, the stunning laburnum pergola, heavy with yellow petals and underplanted with geraniums, jacob's ladder and choisya. The scent of honeysuckle and azalea permeated the air. And the water garden - wow. The Primula Harlow Carr hybrids are utterly spellbinding..

If you've got young kids, it's the perfect place to take them. Loads of room to run around, a huge adventure playground, a boating lake and the best minature railway I've ever seen. At the age of twelve, Harry considers himself too cool to go on these things. But he's never too old to indulge in a tearoom and can be persuaded to go anywhere with the promise of a chocolate brownie. So coffee and cake was had and also a glass of Newby's own apple juice. Isn't life so much better when you can sit outdoors and enjoy a cuppa in the sunshine?

I know this post is photo heavy, but I hope it captures at least a little of the beauty of this wonderful garden. We'll be heading back in the summer to see the dahlias, roses and the perennial border burst into life. I can't wait. x