Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



Today I abandoned the family and friends to their beachy pursuits and went to the National Trust property, Overbeck’s. 


Orange flower 1-2

There was colour in abundance and I came away with about half a dozen blog posts.


But simply flowers, for starters.




Masses and masses of flowers and colour.

masses of colour-2

After such a feast, a soothing sorbet of white.


I was a little mystified as to why, with such an abundant garden, in the Overbecks house, the cafe and the ladies toilets, they had jugs of supermarket chrysanthemums (of the tacky artificial coloured genre)

When I asked why? I was told that the gardener liked the flowers to stay in the garden and that the garden flowers ‘dropped petals’*: this I felt was  a rather a wilted bunch of excuses. To my eye the intensively farmed and massed produced flowers that had travelled, many, many miles seemed at odds with the National Trusts ethos. Not to mention the look of the place.

*but having worked on large flower jobs in National Trust properties in the past, in my previous life; I can imagine, just how much of an issue falling petals will be.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “Overbecks

  1. Great capture! Beautiful flower images… wish I could see it in person.

  2. Those are beautiful garden shots. Really, I think you’re right about how jarring it would be to see supermarket mums in the vases. If Mama Nature’s messy ways are a problem, perhaps they could use dried flowers and foliage from the gardens? Or make a potpourri of those pesky dropped petals? Or, um, ask the advice of an experienced florist about what arrangements might last better . . .

  3. How beautiful. I am not familiar with Overbeck’s. I will have to put it on a list of places to see. First I have to make it back to the UK.

  4. Looks like a great place, lovely photos.

  5. Lovely shots.

    However, whilst agreeing with you on the shameful miles the cut flowers must have traveled I’d rather the flowers stayed growing in the garden. They’ll bloom for longer that way too.

    On the other hand, if they feel they must sell cut flowers you think they’d try to locally source or at least get something like those that grow in the garden rather than the usual supermarket style fare.

  6. Terrific photos, and I agree with NiC!
    I’ve been there but it was a very long time ago so don’t really remember it. xx

  7. Looks like a lovely place. I suppose the inside mums were all about cost cutting – as everything seems to be these days.

  8. Your photos are lovely ~ the first one is eye-poppingly beautiful! Glad to know you are enjoying your holidays in such a perfect spot and that Spud is also having fun with your family 🙂

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  10. What a beautiful series of photographs. I agree with you, an arrangement of flowers from the garden would be so much more in keeping with the ethos, as probably there would have been flowers grown for cutting for the house when it was occupied. And presumably garden flowers wouldn’t cost a penny!

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