I had the choice of where we stopped on the way home after our weekend away and chose the National Trust property Dunham Massey, which is between the city of Manchester and the peace of the Cheshire plains. and not too far from the M6 motorway which would bring us home once more. The 18th Century house became the Stamford Military Hospital during the 1st World War and was used for the war wounded. I had read that they now had a winter woodland garden, so it seemed just the place for us to visit.
Masses of tiny narcissus!
This was the sight that greeted us as we entered the woodland area. The garden was only started 5 years ago so someone has done such a lot of planting. This area used to be the pony paddock in days gone by when there were children living here.
So many flowers, whichever way you looked.
There were so many paths through the planting, but I didn’t want to miss anything.
It was hard to believe that this was just an area of scrubland 5 yrs ago.
All of a sudden we spotted lots of silver birches with their underplanting of thousands of snowdrops!
This reminds me of photos I’ve seen, I think of Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden, another National Trust garden.
There were snowdrops as far as the eye could see.
My old friend, the red stemmed Cornus.
Scillas and Iris reticulata planted in the grass.
There were lots of hellebores, but planted singly, no drifts this time!
Witch Hazels underplanted with narcissus. I felt the witch hazels didn’t show up very well with all the yellow around them. They would maybe show up better with a different colour at their feet.
More witch hazels with narcissus and snowdrops.
Maybe these narcissus will be white?
Lots of Leucojum vernum in a new area being developed.
Bergenia leaves glowing red in the sunshine.
A last look at the thousands of narcissus before we leave.
Thousands upon thousands.
There are loads more bulbs to take over from the narcissus, but I’m so glad we saw the golden carpet.
One for the undergardener, found in the stables off the courtyard.
There was a little plant area just by the exit which looked so tempting.
Yes, a pot of Sheila Ann had to come home with me to remind me of a wonderful garden.
It was now time to think about lunch. The undergardener had booked a table at the nearby Axe and Cleaver Pub where we had the most delicious meal. I had Fillet of Sea Bass with Scallops on a Pea and Prawn risotto, it was totally amazing! As we left, as it was Mother’s Day in the UK, I was handed a bunch of daffodils and a little bag of Champagne Truffles!
It was then down the M6 and M5 to Bristol where we stopped to see our daughter and her family before finally coming home -what a perfect end to a wonderful weekend.