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 Replies to “The View Towards Windermere From Holehird Gardens”

  1. 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.

  2. Can’t see the garden for the daisies! That is a very beautifully composed picture. I do like the juxtaposition of plants as well as the individuals.

    1. It isn’t the best shot of the plants but there are lots of interesting species and cultivars at Holehird including four national collections.

    1. 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!

  3. Yes! What a good answer to the prompt. I had no idea what to do but yes! For me, every trip to a garden is a quest to shoot macro. Love your view.

    1. I’d been climbing the hill, hunting for interesting flowers, and was just waiting for a cloud to cover the sun which was making everything a bit too contrasty when I noticed the view. You wouldn’t really think you could miss it!

    1. 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!

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