Friday, 25 May 2018

Temple Newsam Rhododendrons

We've been making the most of these warmer days and once Mick gets in from work we've been taking ourselves and Archie off for a nice walk most evenings before we have our tea. Lotherton is a regular haunt but late afternoon on Wednesday we decided to venture to Temple Newsam instead to see the rhododendrons.


I wrote a post about Temple Newsam Rhododendron Walk back in 2012 but I thought you might like to see the flowers again.






It's a stunning sight to see them all in bloom.


There's so much colour about at the moment, even the trees zing at this time of year with their new growth.


The grass in front of the lake looks parched but everywhere else is so green with the odd rhododendron giving a splash of colour on the other side of the water.


There's sometimes donkeys in this field but none on this visit. There's a mass of clover and buttercups though.


It's raining today, I doubt the plants will be complaining as the ground has been so dry that we've been having to water. It's supposed to be nice over the weekend again but in true bank holiday style we're due rain on Monday. If you happen to be in the area I can definitely recommend a visit to Temple Newsam, I think the rhododendrons will be blooming for a few weeks yet but best not to leave it too long.

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  1. The Rhododendrons look stunning, we have lilac one, planted by the previous owners, but I do like the white ones.
    We have rain here this morning too, the garden needed it though. Luckily I cut the grass and tidied up yesterday afternoon :-) Have a good weekend.

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    1. I've never grown rhododendrons but they put on such a super display. We always have a trip to Temple Newsam to see their collection at this time of year. The rain hasn't let up all day, Mick cut our grass last night, just in the nick of time, though I'm sure it'll need cutting again after all this rain.

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  2. Beautiful show of flowers, just stunning. I also love to see the photo with all the different shades of green, everywhere looks so good at this time of year.

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    1. The colours are wonderful at this time of year, so many beautiful plants are blooming and as you say, so many different shades of green. It's good to get out there and experience it all.

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  3. Beautiful colours, so vibrant, what a lovely way to end the day walking through all that colour. Enjoy your long weekend- xcx

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    1. The weather has been so good that it's been a joy to get out and enjoy a walk on an evening. The rain has never let up all day, I do hope they've got the forecast right and that the weather's going to change again for the weekend.

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  4. Ah, Temple Newsam will always be special, won't it? I'd love to see the rhododendrons in all their glory, so thanks for the photos.. Have a great weekend & take care.

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    1. I grew up more or less over the road from Temple Newsam, it was my playground as a child so it'll always hold a special place in my heart. The rhododendrons are spectacular at this time of year.

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  5. WOW WOW and WOW!!! Truly gorgeous, what a wonderful place to walk. So looking forward to when I can get out and walk again. I miss my walking, it's such nice alone time.

    Have a wonderful wkend Jo
    Sandy's Space

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    1. I'm always out walking Archie so it's good that we have so many wonderful places on our doorstep, we have a great choice. Of course, it's always nicer when the weather's good though, not like today when it's throwing it down. Fingers crossed that it brightens up again for the weekend.

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  6. What a wonderful, colourful display. It seems to have been a good year for buttercups as they're everywhere. xx

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    1. The great thing about rhododendrons is that they're a mass of blooms and each plant intermingles with another providing a mass of colour, a stunning display. I've noticed lots of buttercups too, it must be a good year for them as you say.

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  7. How beautiful! It seems like rhododendrons are very common there, which has surprised me when I realized it. I always thought of them as a warmer-climate plant, but I guess it's actually pretty warm there. I'm always amazed to see how many of the same plants you have there that we also have thriving in the desert, such as pyracantha and yucca. I often notice rhododendrons in woodsy scenes on Midsomer Murders, as if they grow wild in the woods, which is interesting because I think of it more as a landscaping plant here.

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    1. We do have plenty of rhododendrons here and they're used in all manner of settings. The gardens at Temple Newsam are landscaped yet the rhododendrons at RHS Harlow Carr grow in a woodland setting. They're grown in many gardens here, though they're an acid loving plant so they need the right soil conditions. Pyracantha is a very common plant here and some people do grow yuccas, though they can be an indoor plant here as well as outdoors.

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  8. Ohhhhh, that rhododendron! What a beautiful display!!!

    Lovely lake too. What a wonderful place to have a walk....

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    1. We're lucky to live so close by. The grounds are so extensive that we can walk in different areas each time we visit and see something new, I do love the area around the lake though, especially at this time of year.

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    1. It's a lovely place for a walk at any time of year but especially so when the rhododendrons are flowering.

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  10. Those rhodies are stunning, Jo. What a show!

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    1. We visit every year to see the rhododendrons and I never tire of them, they really are stunning.

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  11. Wow, what a display! Around here it's lilac season - their blooms and fragrance are seemingly everywhere.

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    1. My lilac is just starting to go over now but the rhododendrons are at their best.

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    1. It really is a wonderful sight.

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  13. It is a spectacular time of year to visit Temple nNwsam. as it is when all the crocuses are on flower.

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    1. The only problem with crocus time is that it's usually chilly, it was lovely to have a stroll in the late afternoon sunshine.

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  14. Re: Your comment on my post.... I didn't know that such things happened, in your country. (motorway was built which cut through those fields and their view was no longer of fields but towering office blocks.)

    I thought there were laws, which protected the countryside.... -sigh-

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    1. We have greenbelt land here which is land designated to remain wild and undeveloped, however, it seems it stands for nothing these days. There's an action group here at the moment trying to save greenbelt land in the next village from developers and there's plans to build thousands of new houses on greenbelt land in Leeds. We'll be lucky to have any green space left in this country before long.

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  15. Wonderful series of photographs.
    The Rhododendrons look absolutely stunning.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Temple Newsam is lovely to visit at any time of year but particularly so when the rhododendrons are flowering.

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  16. What a stunning place, Jo, and the weather seems perfect. Good of you to take us along.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I think the sunshine definitely adds to a wonderful walk, it seems to make the flowers zing too.

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  17. The flowers are stunning. It's good to embrace these light evenings, it feels like we have so much more time in our days at the moment.
    I tried to photograph a field of buttercups the other day but it was so windy they would have just been a blur! X

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    1. The lighter evenings are something I look forward to all winter so I do try to make the most of them, especially when we've got good weather too. It's lovely to get out of the house at the back end of the day and it's something for Mick to look forward to after a day at work. Buttercup filled fields look stunning but very hard to photograph when it's windy.

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  18. How stunning, I haven't seen so many Rhododendrons growing together, quite beautiful xx

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    1. There are some flowers which look fantastic when growing en masse, I think rhododendrons are one of them.

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  19. Oh, what an absolutely stunning display! How gorgeous, lucky you!xxx

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    1. The rhododendrons are a big attraction at Temple Newsam as this time of year. I don't think a photo does them justice, they're absolutely stunning and especially so when the sun's shining on them.

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  20. Absolutely stunning, what a feast for the eyes. All those shades of pink, nature at her finest.
    Lisa x

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    1. It's such a wonderful display. I think it looks even more stunning because they're grown so densely together, it's a fabulous effect.

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  21. Wow, the rhododendrons are so beautiful! :)

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    1. They are, it's a stunning display.

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