Tuesday, 23 June 2015


On a sunny midday in April (which as it turned out was warmer than any day in May) I took a walk around Holker Hall formal gardens and along this path under a tree canopied garden walk - a xystus.

 Here one of the excellent gardeners who keep the gardens looking immaculate making her way, bag in hand, between the xystus
If one takes some steps back amongst the forget-me-nots and tulips (and the bare branches of the willow leaf pear tree) then in the distance can be spotted a gateway
which leads out from the formality of the the manicured gardens and into the meadows. The mown pathway
leads eventually to a sundial.  In the synchronism of ABC Wednesday it was exactly one year ago I featured it here because of its Roman numeral X. 

The Holker Hall gardens are near the garage I take my car to for its annual service so they make a nice diversion to while away the time (while hoping nothing expensive is wrong with the car). If you noticed that in my second photo the planters were empty it is because image was from 2014 when the gardeners were finished with Spring and getting ready for the next planting. There is always something to delight the eye in the gardens so here is this year's April planter.
and one of the many x factor plants in giant bushes and trees that people come to see in May and June
     When the azaleas and rhododendrons are in full exuberant flower. 

An entry to  ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at X here


Trubes said...

Hello Joy,
what a delightful post, the gardens look stunning
and I love the beautiful Xystus hedging.
I do hope your car bill wasn't too extortionate !

Best wishes,

ABCW team.

Norma Ruttan said...

what a gorgeous garden- the xystus is amazing- I've never seen anthing like this!

Photo Cache said...

Great word. I learned something new today.


Roger Owen Green said...

I thought I knew ALL the x words - evidently not!


Hildred said...

Beautiful garden and a great word for X - new to me. Lovely place to walk and while away the time

Ann said...

Great X word, the xystus is beautiful. I really love the basket edging around the plants too.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful garden with colorful flowers.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Hmmm, I think we orange azaleas growing in the backyard. They look just like the ones in your photo. That garden would be a great place to wander or sit and read while the car is getting fixed.
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Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I like this kind of canopy.