I visited Holker Hall near Ulverston in the Lakes yesterday for their annual garden festival, spending as usual a fortune on unusual plants!It was my kind of show, packed full of Cumbrian food produce & stalls, artisan local crafts and a sea of beautiful flowers. Purple is definitely the colour of the season and it was interesting to note the lack of allium and agapanthus which have dominated every garden show I’ve been to in recent years. Lots of digitalis, foxglove and tall ethereal type blooms instead. All in purple.
There seem to be lots of magical forest type flowers popular with growers, bells and droplets and wisps of colour. Bit of a new trend coming through to replace the great balls of colour from recent years?
Traditional Cumbrian crafts were in action and it was fascinating to watch the dry stone walling going up, intricate lacemaking being created using about 6 million threads(!), willow weaving and fence making. My favs were the fairy cottage type gates with their curved vertical panels and the huge chunks of wood for tables & plate racks made using thin twigs of willow you can see below. Sucker for timber, every time.
Really enjoyed the event, would definitely go back next year.
- A rather sexy Tom Dixon laser cut candle holder (seen with a very nosey Missy cat)
- That beautiful Shaws of Darwen ridge fronted sink which I specified for Half Built House Eastbourne seen in a v posh kitchen showroom
- A little visit to Annie Sloan supplier and gorgeous little showroom Aunty Mabel’s Seat in Knutsford