It has been a glorious sunny day and we went to Helmsley to visit the Walled Garden. A place we have been to several times but often thought it needed an extra bit of tlc. It is about 3 years since we last went, what a difference! I knew they had a new Head Gardener and it shows.
Would you like to visit too? Of course you would. Lets go into the garden
There is such a variety of plants so sit back and enjoy the view
That is Helmsley Castle in the background.
Love this seat made out of an old haymaker.
This will be a deep red sunflower when it opens, these yellow ones were at their peak
The simplest flowers can be the prettiest, on the other hand Crososmia Lucifer dazzles
As does this Potentilla "Gibson's Scarlet"
Now these are "shout out" pink
More to dazzle
Also there are wonderful vegetable gardens
The plants in the greenhouse/conservatory were pristine
Mainly Coleus and Begonias
Not a single leaf was damaged
Everywhere you looked
Just such a wonderful place
One for friends in the USA - the American Pillar Rose.
Finally one I don't recognise at all, a bit like a black bulrush. Anyone know it's name?
One of the very best things about Helmsley Walled Garden is that it has a Horticultural Therapy programme.
Their web site states
"Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (shortened to Horticultural Therapy or simply STH) is the process of using gardening to facilitate individuals development at vulnerable stages in their lives, which includes those with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, mental health problems, social isolation and long term unemployed.
Through carefully structured programmes we aim to:
- Provide the work experience, skills and practical qualifications that can lead to permanent employment.
- Bring individuals who are alienated – for whatever reason – back into a caring and sustaining community.
- Help rehabilitate individuals by building confidence and social skills.
- Restore strength, self-confidence and mobility after illness, trauma or accident.
- Provide a peaceful, restorative haven for those recovering from illness and for those whose illness is terminal "
It is a "nor for profit charity" so, if you are in the area join the other 10,000 people who visit annually. You will not be disappointed, it is a very special place.