Living Flowers

Flowers from the Dales

YORKE HOUSE IN the Yorkshire Dales has been my family home since 1975. This typical Dales stone-built house nestles on the hillside above the River Nidd, overlooking the beautiful Nidderdale countryside. It is surrounded by four acres of land with a small nature reserve with woodland, wildflower meadow and wildlife pond to the north; while the southern two acres contain mainly ornamental
plantings that provide materials for my floral designs.

In summer the color-themed borders overflow with flowering shrubs and perennials. The heavy clay soil has been enhanced over many years with compost and manure, supporting those plants that require moist conditions. Mulching the
borders is a lifetime obsession!

Our collection of rambling roses gives an exuberant backdrop to the borders as they scramble over walls, through trees and over gazebos. My favorites include the lush pink rosettes of Rosa ‘Noisette Carnée’ and floriferous white Rosa ‘Rambling Rector’. In June and July our perennial borders brim with the tall spikes of Delphinium, Veronicastrum, Filipendula and Phalaris, as well as mounds of Astrantia, Phlox, hardy
Geranium, Astilbe, Penstemon, Paeonia, Hosta and many others.

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