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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Local outing

A quick trip this morning to Larch Cottage Nursery, I haven't been there for many years and fancied visiting somewhere different.  I got a bit confused and turned up on a day when the private parts of the garden were closed, but no matter, it is still a fascinating place to wander around with lots to see and the benefit of every single plant having a proper label.   It would be lovely if all gardens & nurseries could do the same.















The only plant which really caught my eye was this Aster, but at Larch Cottage's prices it stayed put, given how many would be needed to make a decent display at Bag End I will have to do some searching and see if seeds are available online. 



There is some absolutely gorgeous stock at the nursery, but it doesn't come cheap . . .







I wonder what Management will make of this little obelisk, 4 foot tall and £75 . . . I am sure he could weld something very similar if I asked him.



The little shop is a cornucopia of beautiful and interesting bits & bobs than no-one really needs, with an art gallery upstairs.






After the sticker-shock of 21st century gardening I wanted somewhere far simpler for lunch.  A short detour off the A66 provided exactly what I needed, and very strong wind meant that whilst the parking area was busy, most visitors stayed for less than 10 minutes so I almost had the stones to myself, which was rather lovely, and unexpected.











Volume might need to be turned down for this video, the wind noise is substantial!




12 comments:

  1. THAT'S A NURSERY!!!!!!!!!! All I can say is WOW! I was in the garden section of big chain hardware store on the weekend & thought prices high in there, so can imagine what yours might have been like. I just thought we were a bit out of touch, being OAPs now. I knew exactly where you stopped for lunch at that stone circle. I loved it there and took some great photos, but nothing fancy like your video clip. Have a great rest of week & take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, glad you liked the video of Castlerigg, I remembered you had been there :)

      Here is a link to the nursery. Interesting place, Peter is well known in "gardening circles" and seems to do well, good luck to him - it is a business after all. https://larchcottage.co.uk

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  2. That nursery looks a lovely place to visit and agree those prices are eye watering. We have a garden centre just up the road which was taken over by a gift company early last year and is rather expensive. Last time I was there a coach full of elderly ladies pulled into the car park and I was amazed to see it there. The stone circle looks a lovely place to stop and relax, nice day out for you.

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    1. Garden Centres seem to be the destination of choice for OAP outings these days!

      Castlerigg is a wonderful place, even on such a blustery day.

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  3. The nursery looks wonderful, but I too would walk past those prices, it have to be extra special for me to pay high prices, but I do prefer to use local centers rather than the huge chains for my plants. For compost I get branded and look for the cheapest prices. Everything else is picked up where I see good prices. Love your video, you have a nice steady hand.

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    1. In fairness Marlene, it was a very large pot! But I resent a price tag of £19.99 for a hydrangea which I know I could get nearer to home for £8 or £9.

      Like you, I rarely if ever buy a plant from a 'chain'.

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  4. Wow! That nursery is very impressive, as are the prices. It's lovely to see Castlerigg, it's been a while since I last visited. Nice to have it to yourself for a while. X

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    1. Hi Jules, I think you have to time your visit to Castlerigg. Definitely not on a sunny weekend in the school holidays :)

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  5. The price of that obelisk is mind blowing.

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    1. Management has already asked if I want a couple :), he's already working out the construction and welding process. Not at present, bless him, but it was the principle!

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  6. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful (the stones) and GASP at the nursery prices. Yikes!

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    1. Castlerigg is a wonderful place, and for once there was no litter and not too much sheep poo!

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