Saturday, 10 May 2014

Garden Visiting In May - Part Two

You can read about Part One of our visit to Cannon Hall and our visit to the walled garden there in my previous post. As we came out of the walled garden, we saw a very intriguing sign which directed us to Fairyland. How could we resist?


Fairyland was laid out in the 1870's by Sir Walter Spencer-Stanhope using stone arches from the Cawthorne and Silkstone churches.


Looking back through the arch we'd just walked through.


As well as the stone arches, there's winding paths, fish ponds, yew trees and a stream with a stone bridge. There wasn't very much water flowing in the stream on Sunday.


Fairyland was laid out for the children to play in. I couldn't think of a nicer garden in which to spend my childhood.


I think there's a romantic feel to this garden.


Rhododendrons are planted here, they're just coming in to bloom so I think the garden will take on a different feel once they're flowering and more colour is to be seen.



Looking out to the grounds.


This garden was so different to the walled garden we'd visited earlier. I do enjoy looking round gardens which have different areas to them, it certainly keeps you interested.

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  1. What a beautiful garden........
    I think it has a most magical quality about it.
    I love the stone work and especially the bridge.

    I don't know about a garden for children, I think I would be quite happy to sit in it and just be :)

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    1. I agree, I think it's more of a lady's garden than a child's. We'd be thinking more of safety in this day and age having a huge pond like that where children would be playing.

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  2. I thought for a moment it was going to have fairy statues scattered around but it was much more tasteful

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    1. I don't know, I quite like to see a fairy or two. I loved all the stonework in this garden, especially how you can look through the arch across the park, quite dreamy somehow.

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  3. How wonderful, fairyland indeed. I can't imagine a child who wouldn't absolutely love it there, I know mine would. So would I in fact. The stone bridge is especially good, I can imagine boys having a lot of fun there.

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    1. It's a beautiful garden, I was so taken with all the stonework. I love how it's in its own little area, away from the rest of the grounds.

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  4. Amazing! The stone archs are really interesting. Ponds, moss and all the plants inside look so natural. Thanks for sharing

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    1. The garden's been there for a long time now so I suppose it becomes more and more natural looking. I think it's a beautiful garden.

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  5. What a magical looking area. Flighty xx

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    1. It really is. I enjoyed visiting this garden very much.

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  6. It looks wonderful Jo an interesting place to visit.

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    1. This garden is so pretty. I like all the history surrounding places like this, it makes the visit even more interesting.

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  7. It's funny how ruins can be so beautiful. There was a bit of a craze for artificial ruins during Victorian times - along the lines of the "Folly". I suspect that many real ruins were robbed of some of their elements at about that time!

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    1. I don't know what it is about ruins, as you say, people have made a feature of them in gardens for a long time. They do add a charm to a garden though.

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  8. That is a stunning garden. I'd love it now let alone as a child.

    X x

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    1. When I read that the garden had been created for the children I wondered what it would be like. I actually think it's more in line with a lady's garden than a childs, I love it.

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  9. Ahhh, what a lovely atmospheric little place. I am fond of ruins.xxx

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    1. I think ruins add something to a place. I think this garden is very tastefully done.

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  10. How wonderful to see what Fairyland actually looks like! What a wonderful magical place. I bet that small children love running around and playing in there. Thank you as always for sharing. xx

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    1. I can just imagine a few fairies wandering around the pond. I think the rhododendrons will add a splash of colour once they bloom, the garden will look different again.

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  11. Beautiful. I love how the arches frame the landscapes so nicely.

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    1. They do. The ruins are a wonderful addition to this garden.

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  12. It certainly looks most atmospheric Jo. I hope that you emerged sprinkled with magical fairy dust.

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    1. Very atmospheric, not sure about the fairy dust, though I thought I felt something sprinkling on me at one time, I thought it was rain though.

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  13. The stone arches of the ruins that you can look through to other vistas of greenery and the pond do give the garden
    a naturalistic feel. I could happily sit there and it must be
    lovely when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

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    1. The arches are like windows to other parts of the garden, a lovely touch. I'm sure the garden will take on an altogether different feel with more colour from the rhododendrons.

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