Why is the beautiful Taraxacum so despised?

My garden has a wonderful collection of the Taraxacum flower.

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I think they are really beautiful. The bright yellow flowers brighten the garden on even the dullest day.

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And the seed head must be one of the finest in the world.

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So why is the dandelion so loathed and the number one contender for eradication by the majority of gardeners?

The Royal Horticultural Society says:

Dandelion is a persistent, perennial weed of lawns, borders and hard surfaces. It’s difficult to eradicate dandelions by digging alone as the deep tap root can regrow and fluffy seeds are readily spread by the wind.

Well, I think dandelions are lovely and I’m pleased to find that Garden Betty agrees with me!

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How about you?

Love them or loathe them?

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Our golden tickets!

About a month ago we renewed our annual tickets for Sledmere House and Gardens in East Yorkshire.

The Gold Card costs £15.50 and can be used as many times as you wish during the season.

Excellent value for money: these really are golden tickets!

It was lovely to see the gardens all cleared and tidy ready for the new season.

Sledmere HouseWhen we visited again a couple of weeks later, the daffodils were fully out and looked spectacular.

Sledmere House

And the blossom was beautiful.

Sledmere House

We didn’t manage to get to the Primrose Ramble but we’ll be visiting again soon and lots more times during the year.

Our golden tickets are going to be worth every penny!

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5 Yorkshire Walled Gardens worth visiting.

I love walled gardens and each of these is worth a visit.

Sledmere House, Grounds and Gardens


We visit Sledmere House, Grounds and Gardens regularly as we have annual Gold Tickets which gives free admission after the initial visit.

The walled garden is a delight and ever changing but this walkway is one of our favourites.

The walled garden at Sledmere House
Sledmere June 2015

Burton Agnes Hall


We made our first visit to Burton Agnes Hall in the mid-1980s and it’s been a pleasure to watch the garden develop over the years. There’s a maze in the northeast corner of the walled garden which was planted in 1990. We saw the maze for the first time shortly after it was planted with 700 yew bushes. It’s a pity we didn’t make a note of the layout because now the hedges are so thick, once you’re in it’s hard to find your way out.

Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens
Burton Agnes June 2014

Castle Howard


This photograph was taken during our first visit to Castle Howard in 2006. We’ve been back several times since and find new delights on each visit.

Castle Howard
Castle Howard August 2006

Sewerby Hall and Gardens


One of my most vivid childhood memories is seeing for the first time the monkey puzzle trees at Sewerby Hall. They’re still there; just taller! The walled garden at Sewerby Hall is a blaze of colour in the summer and the rose garden is bee-heaven.

Sewerby Hall
Sewerby Hall August 2013



We’ve only visited Scampston on a couple of occasions, most recently in 2009. The garden is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. The garden opened to the public in 2005 and features a modern, perennial meadow planted alongside more traditional areas.

Scampston Hall
Scampston June 2009

I’m sure we’ll be visiting these beautiful walled gardens again soon. But there are so many other walled gardens in Yorkshire that we haven’t been to look at yet. Top of the list is the walled garden at Helmsley ; and the gardens at Newby Hall look fabulous too.

We visited Sledmere walled garden a few weeks ago. In the main grounds it was the height of the daffodil season and there were carpets of primroses under the trees.

The walled garden was cleared and ready for the new season. This is the same walkway as the first photograph in my blogpost; just from the opposite direction.

Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere March 2017

The vegetable garden was waiting to be planted:

Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere March 2017

And this path to the summer house will be a blaze of colour later in the year, I’m sure.

Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere March 2017


Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere August 2014

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A Sunday treat for primrose lovers!

There’s a treat for Yorkshire primrose lovers on Sunday April 9th.

Sledmere House and Gardens

have announced a special primrose walk in parts of the estate normally closed to visitors.

Read all about it:


on the Sledmere House Facebook Page

and in The Wolds Weekly.

They might be primula vulgaris to you but to me they’re beautiful!

5 Easy-to-Grow Perennials

My garden is quite small and more than half is covered in gravel. This is because our house was constructed about fifteen years ago on a brown-field site which was used by agricultural machine engineers for decades. Some parts of the site were solid concrete and just gravelled over.

The part of the garden which is soil is of poor quality and very chalky. As a fairly lazy gardener I keep things basic and simple. Last year I decided to re-plant one of the flower beds and I looked on gardening websites for plants which were easy to grow and would make a comeback each year.

I also wanted plants which were attractive to bees and butterflies.

These are five of the plants I selected. They seemed to settle in well last Autumn and are already starting to show signs of growth.

1. Geranium



2. Astrantia


3. Echinacea


4. Gaura


5. Scabious


My colour theme for the flower bed is cream, white and shades of pink.

I planted:

4 pink Geraniums

3 cream Astrantia

3 dark pink Echinacea

3 white Echinaceas

3 white Gaura

3 dark pink Scabious

3 pale pink Scabious.

I bought the geraniums from a local farm shop and the others from an on-line plant supplier. They were delivered as well established plants in 9cm pots and all survived the journey as the packaging was very good.

Hopefully in the Summer there will be a good display of flowers and lots of bees and butterflies.

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