Today I took my parents to Parcevall Hall in North Yorkshire. Parcevall Hall is a retreat with fabulous gardens, at Skyreholme in the Dales National Park.
The gardens are open to the public and cover 16 acres, with both formal gardens and woodlands. As the gardens are laid out on a steep hillside they are terraced and are quite Italianate in style.
No garden would be complete without water and there is both moving water and formal ponds. The water lilies looked absolutely charming and the round pond had beautiful koi swimming in it.
Each garden has a colour theme, these hot red beds are my favourite. There were astilbe, crocosmia Lucifer, geum, geranium, penstemon and these amazing scarlet double poppies. (Oh for some seed)! I bought a red potentilla for my small garden from the plant shop.
The garden gates are slightly oriental in style and the Yorkshire stone walls make a perfect foil for the plants.
But the most wonderful thing about Parcevall Hall is the view, sweeping across the valley and looking up to Simons Seat. Skyreholme must be very well sheltered because the trees haven't been distorted by the wind and the garden appears to survive our harsh winters.
Oh look! It ISN'T raining. But this is summer in the UK.......
View more pictures of Parcevall Hall on my Flickr.