Please do not adjust your set

After a long grey winter the Lake District has exploded into a Technicolor film set.  Every garden sports at least one dwarf Rhododendron or Pieris, and larger gardens are filled with banks of vibrant colours as we found at Stagshaw Gardens near Ambleside.

But were were on our way to Sizergh near Kendal to see the National Collections of ferns.  They are planted out in the large limestone rock garden


some them standing to meerkat attention

Matteucia struthiopteris 3

and planted in groups in a bed in the orchard

IMG_3002The croziers were just starting to unfurl and were a welcome surge of monochromatic interest.

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And for a bit of crafty interest ‘Woollen Woods’ is an outdoor art installation at Sizergh in support of the Campaign for Wool; trees decorated with representations of woodland wildlife – some more realistic than others.  Follow the link for patterns for knitted birds and plants.

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Sizergh is very close to the M6 and is an ideal place for a break on a trip north, or a rainy day option on a trip to the Lakes.








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