Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

A IS FOR?

ARLEY HALL!

The garden at Arley Hall in Cheshire is renowned for its artistically planted double herbaceous borders which are at their peak in high summer. You can see some glimpses below of how the borders looked last summer. The hall and garden opens throughout the year, from the beginning of April to the end of October. It is not far from us and is one of my favourite places to visit. Arley is the scene of some special events including plant fairs and a two day garden festival held at the end of June. The latter event is held at a most auspicious time for viewing the double borders. The above bench is in a quiet corner of the garden and it is the perfect spot to watch the world go by. Looking again at the photo after some time I am amazed at the height of those white foxgloves.












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27 comments:

  1. Great post for the A day and what gorgeous flowers/gardens! Magnificent! And your photos capture it all so beautifully! I will be so glad to see spring and color return to Seattle! Hope you have a great week.

    Sylvia

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  2. That bench looks so lovely Anna, and the view from it (your photos show) lush and beautiful... from where I sit I see snow coming down!! Thanks for the inspiring post. Very clever too! Admirable photography! ;>)

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  3. Aromatic. I can imagine sitting on the bench and inhaling the wonderful scents that circulate there. Beautiful!

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  4. It would be my favorite place to visit too if this is close to me. I love the flowers and the manicured grass. Thanks for sharing!

    ABC Wednesday:Autograph

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  5. Hi Anna~~ P. Allen Smith [garden author and TV show host] has featured Arley Hall several times, including walking the borders with the matron. I can't remember her name. Mrs. Arley maybe? :) I found it interesting that although my life and her life couldn't be any more polar when she talked gardening, it melted the miles.

    In reply to your comment on my blog: I think the reason the berries are still there is because birds aren't crazy about being eaten by my backyard cat. :) I don't hang bird feeders. I leave that too my neighbors. There's nothing quite so disheartening as seeing a pile of feathers on the lawn. My cat is 12 human years and slowing a bit, thankfully. And yes the violet is sweetly scented but I have to get my nose on the petals to get a whiff. I've got the entire plant in a container at nose level so I don't have to squat.

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  6. I would love to sit there and inhale the sweet fragrances of that lovely garden. Great post for the letter A.

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  7. Anna, Your photos of the gardens were so beautiful I decided to take an armchair trip to see more; you live in a very scenic area and I can see it would be a grand place to visit and spend time - no, I'm not asking for an invite! Just a compliment - it's a blessing to live in a place of beauty.

    Now I have to go look up "avuncular" in the 'ol dictionary!

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  8. Gorgeous greenery! of course, I'm partial to green.

    Amy - avuncular literally means uncle-like but more generally, kind and tolerant.

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  9. Forgot to thank you, on behalf of the ABC Wednesday Team

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  10. Wow! The gardens are incredible...what beauty!

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  11. Anna, these gardens are beautiful, you are lucky to live close, and be able to visit whenever you want.

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  12. I'd love to sit on that bench and look at those beautiful gardens! I'm drooling over the Delphiniums!

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  13. I love those flowers against that old brick wall.

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  14. Gorgeous photos and a lovely place - I'm not surprised it's a favourite with you. :)

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  15. Anna,
    Lucky you to have this close by. What an amazing display of beauty. I love the Delphinium. I paid visit to their website, and the Hall looks just beautiful, so much detail. What a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. :)

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  16. Hi Anna, now there's a great A word!, thanks for this. It was so inspirational. Why don't my gardens look like that, she wonders? What is the secret to the lush colorful display of perfect plantings? Sigh. Lucky you to be nearby, to visit often. I would like to see it in other seasons as well. Just as lovely, I assume.
    Frances, with envy

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  17. These are gorgeous gardens, and you're right--those foxgloves are amazing! Thanks for sharing all this color--just what I needed on this gray, gloomy day, Anna.

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  18. It's so nice to be able to look back at photo's from last year when the weather was warmer, makes a nice change from what we have at the moment. Yes, those Foxgloves are tall.

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  19. It is many years now since I visited the gardens at Arley Hall and your pictures have brought back a number of very happy memories. I must confess that I recall the double herbaceous borders well, but other parts of the garden have faded from my mind.

    Is the house open at all? I seem to remember being inside at a time that a TV crew were filming a costume drama in the drawing room. But can this be right? I may be muddled over this.

    Whatever, how lovely to have such splendid gardens within reach.

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  20. Those delphiniums absolutely shine out from the borders

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  21. Beautiful summer borders! They have prompted me to have a look back at some of my photos from last summer. I will check out the website of Arley Hall to cheer me up further - January seems to be dragging its feet!

    Jeanne x

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  22. Dear Anna,Thank you so much for the comment on my blog to which I have replied.

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  23. Thanks for sharing this beautiful English garden. have a nice weekend.

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  24. Absolutely stunning! Sadly I haven't been in Cheshire for many a long year but I have managed so far with trips to the Hillier Gardens.

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.