Dunham Massey

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a free family pass for any National Trust property from Emma at Alternative Kitchen Garden.  So as it was a lovely bright day on Saturday we decided to go over to Dunham Massey, somewhere we had never been before.

Unfortunately the buildings are closed at this time of the year but we did get to visit the grounds and the winter garden.

Part of the grounds are a large deer park but it seems some of the deer are quite tame and like to lounge around near the old gardeners’ cottages.

 

The moat has a huge collection of water birds, mostly Canada Geese

This is the house itself, I would have liked to have had a look inside

And then into the winter garden where there were some lovely autumn colours on display

There was a small orangery which had two small veg beds in front of it.  These were being cleared to save the grass around them, as the wet ground was being worn down by people walking around the edges.  There were some impressive veggies left in them though including very bright red chard and (as you can see by the scale indicator – Mr Veg’s hand!) some large cabbages.

These seed pods are from a lily which I didn’t write down the name of (- doh!) which only flowers after 7 years and then only once ever!  It was at least 10 ft tall.

And finally in the fallen leaves of the woodland was a bed of tiny cyclamen.  There were hundreds of them.  I remember my mum always having an indoor one around Christmas and never knew they actually grew outdoors.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Annie_H on November 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hi Donna, its a lovely garden, I was there in the spring when the bluebells were out (http://annieslittleplot.blogspot.com/2011/05/dunham-massey.html). The lily is called Cardiocrinum giganteum, I think, I meant to go back and visit in the summer to see it in flower as I only saw the big seed pods too. I think its a garden thats worth a visit throughout the seasons.

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  2. Looks like it was a lovely sunny day for you – beautiful autumnal shots.

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  3. By the look and sound of it that’s a day out at any time of year. Those red cabbages certainly look rather impressive.
    You’ll have to go again to have a look round the house, and from Annie says see the bluebells! xx

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  4. It looks a great place to visit. I love the National Trust houses and gardens. Those cabbages are enormous.

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