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.

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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.

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Of course, there weren’t just daffodils.

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

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

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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.

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This was an interesting display in one garden.

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

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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…

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

7 comments:

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 time.........glass of champagne and nibbles.....perfect.........so peaceful sitting on the lake..........

shez 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