We had a trip to Scarborough on Friday so on the way we decided that we'd call in at Yorkshire Lavender. We visited way back in 2010 and then again last year, you can read about that visit in my Garden Visiting In August post. For me, Yorkshire Lavender is a place I enjoyed visiting once but you don't really need to visit again, there isn't that much to see. However, as we'd visited previously when the lavender was in bloom, I thought we'd pop in to see what it was like at the very start of the season.
Yorkshire Lavender is set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and there's usually some beautiful views but there was a haze hanging about on Friday so we didn't get the full effect.
I have to say that the gardens at this time of year are rather bland, bed upon bed of lavender plants which aren't in flower, but the gardeners were working very hard to get everything ready for the season.
I think the sensory garden could be made more of, plants which flower at different times of the year could be used to give year round interest, whereas the bed hasn't got going at all yet. Can you see the music above the bed?
I did a bit of sight reading and figured out that the music written here is Lavender's Blue Dilly Dilly. I never noticed that before. Very apt.
The maze is looking rather sad at the moment, it needs a bit of height which the lavender flowers give. You can see it in all it's glory in my previous post about Yorkshire Lavender.
Most of the beds are covered with ground cover membrane to keep the weeds down, the lavender is planted through this. I expect this will cut down the work required to keep the beds looking good.
I like all the little tips which are dotted about the garden.
I think the nursery has improved since we were last here.
I was disappointed with the price of the plants last time but there's definitely some more reasonable purchases available now with a good range of herbs amonst other things.
I found the lavender plants to be rather expensive though, especially as cuttings are so easy to take if you've already got lavender and you just want to increase your stock. A tiny little plant which looked like a cutting was about £2 and plants just a little larger started around £4.
Dogs aren't allowed in the gardens so Archie had to wait in the car park. He was pleased that I didn't take too long looking round.
I'm sure that this will be my last visit to Yorkshire Lavender, I think I've seen all I want to see now. If you fancy going yourself, I'd recommend waiting until the lavender is in flower as there really isn't all that much to see at this time of year.
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