Having said all that, P and I had the most glorious afternoon last weekend at Harlow Carr, the RHS garden in Harrogate, and the pics looked so colourful for this time of year that I couldn't resist sharing them with you.
|Fireworks from the dogwoods!|
|Tiny cyclamen coum|
I just adore this mesh teapot-come-leaf-mold-maker and oversized terracotta teacup - as those of you who're regular readers will recognise by the number of times I've photographed them!
|More red dogwoods with silver birch, one of my fav |
associations when wearing my garden designer hat
We finished our ramble by this deliciously fragrant viburnum - fabulous value with both scent and flowers at this bleak time of year.
The visit was rounded off nicely with a late lunch at Bettys, the renown Yorkshire tearoom, that has most recently added a Harlow Carr venue to those in York, Harrogate and Ilkley. We quickly thawed out when the butternut squash and tomato soup, served with a rosemary and cheese roll arrived - just what was needed - and the very obliging maitre d seated us alongside the long bank of french windows giving superb views across the garden while we ate. As we hadn't yet had a celebratory Valentine's Day toast, we decided the wine list was just a tad too tempting, so I decided on a glass of the crisp and fruity house white, while P chose a warming merlot.
Before departing we decided to share a pot of Earl Grey and a scrumptious chocolate torte, which unfortunately disappeared before I managed to take a pic!
When we got home I noticed this gorgeous camellia in the front garden. Something must have happened to this plant's botanical clock this year, as it's flowered more or less constantly since last May!
Django, who has a very fluffy but fine coat, is feeling the cold at the moment, 'Don't even think of trying to move me from my comfy seat by the fire' - hmmm, obviously feeling bolshy too.
Come back soon, I feel I could be getting in the blogging swing again now!