Saturday, 20 September 2014

Daffodils at Rydal

One of my favourite things to do in spring is visit the Daffodils at Rydal, about three quarters of an hour east of us. I’ve shared them with you previously here.

September 2014 044

This year Mick stayed home, and instead, I had the pleasure of the company of Chookyblue and Fairy Girl.  We also caught up briefly with Kate (Show and Tell) while we were down there.  We were so lucky with the weather, it was quite warm.

There are several gardens open in the village, as well as a couple of country gardens.  We started off by exploring the village. I can’t imagine a garden without daffodils, but for Chooky that is the case, as it doesn’t get cold enough at her place, so it was lovely to see how much they enjoyed it all.

September 2014 040

Of course, there weren’t just daffodils.

September 2014 028

September 2014 039

September 2014 033

I don’t know what tree these flowers were on, but the bees sure loved them.

September 2014 047

September 2014 060

I’d love to sit here with a cuppa and a good book or some stitching…..bliss.

September 2014 062

September 2014 064

I do enjoy seeing how the gardens mature and evolve over the years.  Last time we visited this area had a fire pit, rather than a water feature and there were no retaining walls, rather banks of grevillea.

September 2014 079

This was an interesting display in one garden.

September 2014 081

September 2014 085

I could also have taken this rather tasty Thunderbird home with me.

September 2014 086

The little weatherboard Union Church is always beautifully decorated.  This year the theme was a “Spring Wedding”. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the outside, so you will have to go back and see it last time we visited here.)  Come inside…

September 2014 023

September 2014 020

September 2014 022

September 2014 026

September 2014 024

Isn’t it a picture.  I do think this was one of the nicest displays that they have had.

Next stop was “Chapel House”, a rather grand garden, but a real treat to visit.

September 2014 095

September 2014 094

September 2014 103

September 2014 105

I think Chooky would have been quite happy to sit here for the  entire afternoon.

September 2014 097

Once I dragged her out of the seat, we headed off to a smaller garden by the creek.  It has never been open before and had some really cute features.  It is a credit to the owners.

September 2014 111

September 2014 116

September 2014 118

September 2014 120

September 2014 122

Finally, we had a quick visit to “Karingal”, which used to be owned by friends of ours.  I just have to visit each time to see the lovely frilly daffodils.  We were given a precious few bulbs from this garden many years ago, which reminds me that I need to mark them in our garden so that I don’t miss taking them with us when we move.

September 2014 125

So that wraps up a rather lovely day.  Now I just have to wait till next spring to visit again.


Jenny said...

Just beautiful daffodils, I love them.

Rachaeldaisy said...

That looks like the best day out. So many beautiful gardens. I love all the quirky sculpture and garden features. Those frilly daffodils are particularly beautiful.

Ali Honey said...

Quite delightful....wish I had been with you.

Chookyblue...... said...

Oh so pleased we got to enjoy the daffodils..........and yes I could have stayed in that seat for a long of champagne and peaceful sitting on the lake..........

Anonymous said...

Hi Janice thankyou for sharing your lovely day with us and wonderful you got to go with chooky and fairy girl,love seeing all the flowers.xx

Jewells said...

Very enjoyable indeed.. the flowers were wonderful "eye candy".

loulee said...

Looks like another lovely day with a lovely lady xx