In the midst of a lot of upheaval*, we had a quiet Easter weekend which we could spend together as a family recuperating from the whirlwind of events. We had an Easter Monday dilemma: it is a bank-holiday and we want to avoid touristy-places as much as possible, where shall we go?! Mr VP came up with a solution: Goltho Gardens just outside of Lincoln. We managed to avoid most of the traffic (everyone and their plumber was going to Skegness, so the roads were hectic) by going out early. The sun was shining, the mercury was rising and a sort of haze hung on the horizon.
We hadn’t been to a formal garden for what seems like ages. I always find myself feeling overwhelmed and excited with ideas for things I could do with my own garden**. This was no exception: it was filled with all sorts of new varieties of flowers that I hadn’t come across in my time as a gardener. We were lucky to visit it on such a glorious day as we were able to enjoy the splendid first flush of flowers. Tulips, apple blossom, cherry blossom, primulas and lamiums were all a riot of colour and vibrance. The birds were singing, we were all laughing and chatting as we went round and I was busy snapping photos and mentally taking notes of all the things that I would like in my future garden. I fell in love with tulips all over again, noticing how they were planted here in swathes of one or two colours. It looked so effective that I think it is something I’ll have to try, this block-colouring. I fell very much in love with the fruit-salad coloured tulips, the silver-leaved brunnera, the lines of hazel trees and the lamiums, which I had never seen in such a stunning colour.
Once we’d walked through all of the wooded areas, we were met by a swathe of snakeshead fritillaries with their nodding heads and purple chequered colouring. It was absolute heaven. Bees were intently seeking pollen and it was everywhere. The smell of fresh spring, with scents like apple blossom, gorse and slightly niffy pear blossom, all mixing on the air. In the next post, I’ll show you all of the woodland bits (I took a lot of photos and couldn’t condense it all down!) which were just as magical as the floral bits, if not quite as vibrant.
*Gosh, it’s almost here!
**The garden we will eventually have, when everything works out.