It was last May when we first visited Cannon Hall Gardens, you can read about our visit to the walled garden there in my Garden Visiting In May - Part One post. I was looking forward to seeing this garden at this time of year as we saw so many fruit trees in the garden when we last visited, I thought it would be good to see them around harvest time.
The first thing I noticed as I walked through the gate was how full the garden looked, totally different from our first glimpse back in May last year.
The beds were overflowing with produce, every bit of the ground was being put to good use.
I fell in love with these gorgeous old coldframes on our last visit and my heart gave a little leap when I saw them again. How I'd love to recreate something like this in my own garden, if only I had the space.
This is a wonderful example of an espaliered tree, so many branches coming off the main leader.
As you can see, it's dripping with fruit at the moment.
There are many types of fruit trees and bushes in the gardens, apples, plums, cherries, gooseberries, currants, hazelnuts, peaches, nectarines, quince, strawberries and raspberries, however, the pears are most prominent. There's almost forty varieties of pear, the most extensive collection in the North of England.
On Sunday the 22nd of September 2015, Cannon Hall will be celebrating its pear harvest with themed fun and activities in the garden as well as tastings and pear inspired refreshments. I'm sure that would be a great day out, weather permitting.
I enjoyed seeing how the garden differed at this time of year to when we were last there. The walls were just about totally covered by foliage from the trees this time, and of course, there was fruit dripping from the branches too.
One thing which did spoil the experience was the number of fallen fruit on the floor which had just been left there and was being allowed to rot. This fruit was attracting wasps and the garden was buzz buzz buzzing with them, not a very nice experience at all. You can just about see the number of wasps on this one fruit alone, it's a poor photo, I didn't want to get too close.
I did enjoy seeing other wildlife enjoying the garden though, there were butterflies on calendula and bees on scabious.
I don't remember seeing this fellow on our last visit, he must be new as I surely can't have missed him.
The clematis was flowering on the arbour when we were there last time, this time it had gone over. It just goes to show that different things are at their best at different times of the year.
I like how this large walled garden has a good mix of vegetables, fruit and flowers. There's areas devoted to each, but other areas where there's a mix of all three. Here's just some of the flowers growing there.
I have to say that one of my favourites was this beautiful hydrangea.
As we left the garden I looked back over my shoulder and was amazed to find branches from the espaliered trees had broken through the walls.
Cannon Hall is a great garden to visit and I'm pleased I've seen it around harvest time but the wasps were too much for me, I'd go a little earlier in the year in future.
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