Colourful Gardens to Visit
The nights and mornings are getting lighter at last and it’s getting a little bit warmer. So now’s the time to think about venturing out, and enjoy what the UK has to offer.
This year’s edition of the Dairy Diary has a feature on colour in our gardens and also includes this list of stunning gardens to visit.
Gardens to Visit
The white garden at Sissinghurst, Kent
Hidcote, in Gloucestershire, famed for its twin red borders
The winter gardens at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Great Dixter in East Sussex, for unusual colour schemes
Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex, for garden artistry
The herbaceous border at Arley Hall, Cheshire
Harlow Carr, the RHS garden in Yorkshire, pushing the boundaries of design and planting styles
Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland, described as a ‘theme park for gardeners’
Check opening times and facilities before visiting.
I can personally recommend Hidcote, which is just gorgeous, and Dunham Massey, which is at its best at this time of year.
You could forego the expensive afternoon tea on offer and instead take with you a flask and some scrummy melting moments.
Oatie Melting Moments
Calories 74 per portion
Fat 4.2g (2.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing
- Butter 110g (4oz), softened
- Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
- Egg yolk 1
- Vanilla extract a few drops
- Self-raising flour 150g (5oz)
- Rolled oats 25g (1oz)
- Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and grease two baking sheets.
- Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
- Stir in flour to give a soft dough, knead until smooth, then divide into 24 portions. Form each portion into a ball, then gently roll in oats.
- Place on baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.