Monday, 3 May 2010

Great gardens at Great Ouseburn

Didn't blog yesterday as having computer issues but I did go to the Great Ouseburn village fate. Click here to see site

What a great day there. £3.50 per person which I though was a bit steep but it was a great walk round and saw lots of really nice gardens. I would have liked to have seen more vegetable and fruit gardens as most were ornamental but never mind. They also had a scarecrow competition going on which added novelty to the day.

One of the many houses in Great Ouseburn where the garden starts at the front and goes over the house. Two great plants here, I think Wysteria on the left and Virginia creeper in the right

Here in the UK we currently have a TV show searching for a singer to star in a West End production of Wizard of Oz to play Dorothy. This I think is a reference

A great attempt here to train an apple tree over an arbor. On the far side they had a rose and in another part of the garden, another arbor with a grape vine growing (well just starting to grow)

This house had wires attached to the back wall for training a rose on the side of the wall. I liked this and could apply this idea at home for either a grape vine or kiwi plant

There were many scarecrows round the village, this was a more elaborate one and very amusing to see.

Although most gardens were flower orientated, one or two did have veg and fruit. This was some one had a raspberry patch in a fruit cage, no netting yet but I did not see any flowers either.

One of the very large gardens was at Easby house and these were a very nice show of primroses.

Further down the path appeared this fruit and veg area, Apples tree, brassicas, rhubarb, pea's, gooseberries and many other items were just starting to grow.

Even in Great Ouseby, you could not get away from the current election. However got more sense from these scarecrows than  you would ever from real politicians

In one of the small gardens were a tub of tulups. Very nice. The label read Daytona tulips

My last photo for today was a very nice tree with fantastic blossom. No idea what it was though but it really did look stunning. A small grassed area with this tree as a centre piece. Cover in blossom like this.

Well worth the visit yesterday. I always find a get inspiration from seeing other peoples gardens or is it stealing idea's ?


  1. I always envied the UK for their great estates and their gardens open to the public. Here the idea is starting to catch on and it is wonderful. Most of our great estates are just over 100 years old so the great history is not there, but the look is. In Halifax, Nova Scotia they are more fortunate as the city is much old than most and was a vacation spot for the rich Nobles of England so there they have these Grand Estates. What is left of them. Queen Victoria's Father was in charge there for a few years. Hence the interest, back then.

  2. Well this was the oddity here Reg, these are not Estates of any kind, these are just regular peoples homes gardens, that have opened for one day only as part of the village fate. This is a very affluent part of the York area with out a doubt but still just peoples gardens. The houses are very old 2-3 hundred years I would guess but none of the trees I saw would have been as old as a hundred. I am sure Canada has some fantastic Estate gardens too because with passion a garden can be grown very quickly indeed.

  3. O wow I thought that these where parts of large Estates and so on. This makes your subject all the more interesting. We have a similar thing here usually in July or there about.
    Yes there are a few Estate Garden open here but not many. Those that are, are beautiful. The fashion here are the incredible Royal Botanical Gardens. We have two close to here the "the Royal Botanical Gardens at the Falls, and the one in Hamilton.
    I am heading down to the Falls to-marrow and I will post some pics from there to-marrow as well.

  4. There are estate gardens open but they are very expensive for what IMO is just a pleasant walk round. Now the botanical gardens sound great. I like looking at unusual plants that are relatively easy to grow in my climate. Cant wait to see you pics.