It is a long journey from home up to my Mum’s in the west of Scotland but the Golfer and I always ensure we take advantage of stop-offs on the way – whether it be gardens or properties or golf courses (for the Golfer to add to his golf score card collection). The annual Gardeners’ World 2 for 1 booklet includes some smaller and less well-known gardens and thus we made a pleasant diversion On Friday to Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens near Garstang.
A little off the beaten track but still not far from the M6 this hillside garden has a wide range of perennials and woodland plants with a stream running down the hillside through the garden and lovely views of the surrounding Forest of Bowland. As a working farm the owners have to balance their obvious love of gardens with animal husbandry and the farm now also attracts families by enabling children to feed the young animals as well as providing a fun play area, nature walks and a conservation area, thus appealing to a wider range of visitors.
The gardens are dedicated to the memory of the owner’s late mother, who enthusiasm inspired her to continue with her love of gardening and although some areas are still in various stages of progress or yet to established the ambition is to develop the woodland, grasslands and gardens to create a haven of peace and tranquillity. This tranquillity is already in evidence in many parts and I particularly liked this long border filled mostly with hostas (main picture above) and the embryonic grasses garden (below).
Taking advantage of the campervan, we were stopping a night on our travels north, near Grange-over-Sands in the South Lakes as we had a special assignation – with Anna of Green Tapestry and Himself. We met at Holker Hall, not far from where their static caravan is, and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon making each others’ acquaintance and admiring the gardens, pictures below. As I have said several times recently it is such a delight to be able to put faces to blogger’s names and learn a little more about their non-blogged selves – lovely to meet you, Anna!