The View Towards Windermere From Holehird Gardens

View of the Lake District from Holehird Gardens

Every time I visit a garden, I’m on a quest. Gardeners and photographers will understand. Unlike most quests, there’s no one goal: I’m open to enjoying whatever I find. I love flowers of all kinds so my attention might be caught by a demure woodland plant, shyly lifting a few flowers above its foliage, or a cottage garden classic at the peak of perfection. I rarely miss anything at my feet.

These days, I try to remind myself to lift up my eyes and take in the overall impression of the garden too. These are the pictures that really convey the individual magic of a place. Pictures of flowers can sometimes feel a bit disembodied so it’s nice to be able to give them a beautiful context.

I hope you enjoy the hillside view from one of my favourite spots, Holehird Gardens in Windermere, Cumbria.

33 thoughts on “The View Towards Windermere From Holehird Gardens

  1. Marian St.Clair says:

    See, I knew we were soul sisters…it’s a favorite of mine too! Wouldn’t it be fun to be a volunteer at Holehird?! I visited with a group in 2012 and we had the most lovely welcome and introduction from some of the dedicated volunteers there.

    • susurrus says:

      It took me a long time to realise where it was. I’d heard of Holehird in connection with its collection of hydrangeas, but hadn’t realised quite how closely I’d been driving past it. I’d be reluctant to drive past now – it’s well worth the slight detour!

    • susurrus says:

      I’m sure you’ll like it. I love the walled garden and the alpines and hydrangeas. The astilbes took my breath away when I saw them in full flower and I wouldn’t have thought I was particularly fond of them!

    • susurrus says:

      A shot of a whole plant in flower in context is a truer reflection than a single bloom, but they’re more challenging to take, for me at least. Hopefully it all comes with practice!

    • susurrus says:

      You’d like this garden because it’s a series of natural room sets or moods. You might not get lost from a bodily perspective, but I’m sure it would set your imagination racing.

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