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The Clarty Garden... 







 The garden at the cottage is a favourite place of mine, a haven of colour and tranquility, rain or shine whatever the season, just being in it is bliss. No matter what the day has thrown my way, or whatever lies in the week ahead - the garden is a tonic that no amount of prosecco could match!   

    One of the things that drew me to the cottage when I first bought it was the wonderful large garden and breathtaking unobstructed views across the Nidderdale valley, surrounding fields and the hills beyond. We are surrounded by stunning scenery that still brings a tear to my eye when I'm in the garden or looking out of the cottage windows. 

   Tucked away at the end of the lane the cottage and garden are not overlooked, and unbelievably peaceful. All you can hear are the birds, the cows, the sheep, the lambs in spring, and the occasional eey-ore from a nearby donkey! An abundance of wildlife call our garden home; birds, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, frogs, toads, newts, wild rabbits, and even a deer has passed through. The children and I created a pond which has also attracted more species and all manner of plants!

  The vegetable garden we created is great and the children and I grow much of our own veg (potatoes, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, peas, beans, celeriac, tomatoes, strawberries, blackcurrants, and blueberries). Everything tastes better when it's been stood on, squashed or left in a coat pocket overnight! 

  The apple trees, cherry and orange blossom, are among the flower beds and large borders that I've filled with a variety of cottage garden plants, flowers and shrubs. Many of the mature shrubs were already in-situ when I bought the cottage - so I kept them including a couple of elderly and very reliable rose bushes, adding more and more over the years, resulting in the mature and colourful deep filled borders that are in the garden today. Much of what I have added has been donated by other garden enthusiasts, or birthday/Christmas gifts, like my David Austen roses bought by my Aunt in Wensleydale for my 40th, aswell as the local horticap, and others I've grown from seed, to try and keep costs down. And once the extension on the cottage was complete - or should I say as soon as the cement and pointing were dry I was then able to fulfill my passion for climbers and trellis!  

   A public footpath runs through the field next to the garden down to the river, and seasonal walkers and ramblers pass by on a dry day, admiring the cottage and the view, along with my ever changing plants and flowers - stopping for a chat or even a cup of tea if they catch me sipping a brew over the stable door on a Sunday morning! I've been known to take in wandering ramblers in need of directions, light refreshment and a history lesson, before    sending them on their way with map in hand!

The Garden Gallery -more images coming soon...