Sunday, 21 June 2009

Summer Solstice at Barnsdale Gardens

It's been a glorious summer solstice at Tumbledown Farm today, but as it was Fathers Day dad and I went on a little adventure to Barnsdale Gardens for the afternoon. It was lovely to go around the garden and chat about the plants with dad.

Barnsdale is a favourite of mine and it was looking particularly beautiful today in the June sunshine.

It was nice to see Nick Hamilton wandering around the garden chatting to visitors too. I was particularly delighted to see that their Tulip Tree was in flower. We have a 12 year old Liriodendron in the front garden but it has yet to flower, we are looking forward to the day it eventually does.

Liriodendron tulipifera

The Prunus serrula was also looking stunning and is a tree I would very much like to get for the garden.

Prunus serrula bark

The gardens were awash with colour.

Hardy geranium.


There were more deliciously smelly roses than I could count.

And countless stunning peonies.

I adored the alpine house, especially this weird little beastie.

Sedum kamtschaticum 'Weihenstephaner Gold'

I was also particularly delighted to spot this dragonfly sunbathing on the flowers.

Female Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa.


Crusty Bedsocks said...

I love Barnsdale with the smell of roses wherever you go, hope your dad enjoyed it too.

janerowena said...

How did you get lovely weather? We had showers here, and very little sunshine!

I loved Barnsdale too, time for another visit I think.

Rothschild Orchid said...

We must have stolen your sunshine Jro as we had a glorious day here.

Barnsday was wonderful and dad really enjoyed himself thanks Crusty, he got lots plants in the nursery (now carefuly hidden from the ever watchful eye of mother) and had a Sunday Roast on the way home :o)

HappyMouffetard said...

Gorgeous photos of a magical place - I'll always have happy memories of a surprise trip I organised there for my mum :)

Juliet said...

Lovely pics, RO - and well done on getting the dragonfly - they always move when I try to take photos of them!

Next time you're down this way, Anglesey Abbey often have Prunus serrula for sale (though not always so it might be worth ringing them to check if you were just coming down for that).

jo said...

What a lovely colourful post.
That dragonfly picture is ever so good. And the garden shot with the prunus serrula shook me: that is more or less what our orchard looks like. Only not as neat and tidy. I shall have to visit Barnsdale to see what else we have in common :-)
Don't quite know where it is. Rutland? Long way up North.