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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Spring in the Lakes - a great time to visit

Easter came early this year, leaving us with an eight week break before the May school holiday week. April and May are wonderful months in which to visit the Lakes.

As the daffodils fade and the bluebells come out, the days get longer and a day's walk can go on into the evening. The rhododendrons and azaleas burst into flower . In my garden the early azaleas have a few flowers, and soon there will be a riot of colour. Here are some pictures taken around the White Moss area in past years.

Pretty pink
Clashing colours looking lovely
Bright and beautiful
Here's a real oldie in our White Moss garden.

If you love gardens as much as I do, April and May are probably the best time to visit the Lakes. For lots more information, take a look at Cumbria Tourism's Guide to the Gardens of the Lakes.

My personal favourites are Rydal Hall Gardens , just 1/2 mile away from White Moss House and our Grasmere holiday cottage Brockstone Grasmere cottage ,  and the wonderful Holehird Gardens at Windermere  run by the Lakeland Horticultural Society. Both these gardens are free to enter ( donations very welcome).

I'm amazed that after the floods and the very, very wet winter experienced by many , the gardens are bouncing back so well.

Cumbria is open! Now is a great time to visit. The Lakes are ready to welcome you. We're looking good.

Finishing off with one more rhododendron, taken on the start of the coffin route from Grasmere to Rydal, just a few yards from Brockstone Grasmere cottage.

Looking amazing in May, Heugh Folds garden

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