I'm betting you've never heard of a place called Warthill. Neither had I before I was driven there yesterday. I'd never heard of a place called Breezy Knees Gardens either. It's advertised as 'The Flower Garden of Yorkshire' and is set in 20 acres not far from the city of York. There're deep, abundant herbaceous flower borders ablaze with colour, a rose garden, a conifer garden and a rock garden, a decorative fountain, a cafe and horticultural nursery, and lots more (including a sculpture of a pair of huge wellington boots and a version of Stonehenge made of greenery rather than stones.) If you're interested in expanding your knowledge of plants or simply love looking at one splendid flower or shrub after another you're going to love Breezy Knees. It was a gorgeously sunny day, and we strolled around to the sound of birdsong and saw dozens and dozens of fat bumble bees greedily feasting on the stunning flowers.
It's a great place for working out what you like and what you don't in terms of colours, shapes and textures, especially if - like me - you're a total novice when it comes to planning a successful flower border and creating something harmonious to the eye.
I know some fashionable types think alliums are yesterday's news, but I still admire their graceful stems and that mauve 'pom-pom' on top.
Every time I saw these I had to stroke them, like velvety bunnies ear. Must have some for my garden as they're so wonderfully tactile.
Pretty things everywhere you looked.
There were masses of poppies. White, pale pink, and of course the classic red.
Lots of beautiful, stately lupins too.
I took more photos so will pop them on the blog soon. I'd definitely recommend a trip to Breezy Knees. If you or a friend/relative have limited mobility the majority of the site's wheelchair accessible which is great. It's £6.50 for adults, £2.00 for children, and there's a small but good cafe and (clean and nicely maintained) loos. You can wander over to their website www.breezyknees.co.uk for more info. I can imagine most teenagers would be bored witless by it , but it's a grand day out for the rest of us.
The only slight drawback was the not-too-brilliant labeling of plants in the borders. It could be frustrating if you wanted to make notes for future ref. So you probably want to take lots of photos and get your plant A to Z book out at home in the evening in order to play amateur sleuth and identify them. Either that or end your visit with a wander around their horticultural nursery where all the plants were clearly labeled and make your notes then. If you have a few quid to spend you can go home with an array of plants too, just to make your day complete.
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.