Plants on display at independent hardware/garden/farm stuff Yates in Malton.
Not cheap but at least they look after them and look strong ones. They do trays of cabbage and such too - same story, look good but kind of pricey., Mind seed are dear now and can fail one way or another.
Bransdale this afternoon. The ground cover is 100% bluebells here and the flowers are about at their best - but hard to make a pleasing composition due to the steep slope and the area is fenced off too.
This church is tiny with seating inside for about 30. It was a special commision for a somewhat celebrate architect called Temple Moore while still working for George Gilbert Scott (who?) Anyway it has a quirky Arts and Crafts style and is much visited despite the inaccessible wooded location. The building behind is the old schoolroom and teacher's house, I suspect it's a holiday let. Most of the area was previously owned by the Duncombe family from Helmsley - still at Duncombe Park.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, they appear to be considering attaching something to the top. This is our 'airwaves' mast which was supposed to be updated this year to satellite based 4G, it is emergency services only (kind of annoying when we have no phone signal).
Anyway Quelle Surprise the updates to the network are already way over budget and way behind schedule, another five years is more plausible.
For many years the site was occupied by Russells farm machinery who are now primarily near Malton next to Eden Camp Museum. Before that it was a goods yard at Kirkbymoorside station - presumably closed by Beeching.
Very little evidence of the railway remains now. Russells used the station buildings for an office and the railway sheds were stores and workshops. The platform was used as a loading ramp
These were left in-situ from last year and have almost all survived, look well.
Bought three packs of lupins - of 15 plants 12 survived but rabbits (mainly) have destroyed all but these two. The effect is still quite pleasing from the right angle
This one looks good against the stone
Yesterday bought three hardy(?) Salvias but I see it's recommended to over winter in a cold greenhouse very dry - so have put them in pots. They are related to Sage and to my eye look a bit like a Dock so ought to grow like weeds. If they get through winter off-shoots at spring root easily. They say.
It's tomorrow! Will the balloons survive wind and rain tonight ...