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Victorian Greenhouses at Normanby

Janey

By Janey

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I should have been Christmas shopping yesterday………but couldn’t face the parking and crowds and went with Ian and Finn over to Normanby instead…it felt like I’d twagged school!……All was quiet there, hardly anyone around so I took my camera into the greenhouses to see what was going on and was pleasantly surprised.

Inside the heated greenhouse this beautiful Sparmannia greeted us…I had seen one only a few days before on Gray’s photos.

Hidden amongst the greenery this gorgeous Strelitzia was flowering and also a plant which looked very much like a huge Impatiens!

A red Abutilon was enjoying the warm air as much as we were. Next to the palms was this most unusual succulent type plant just coming into flower….maybe someone will know it’s name?

I liked the idea that they had of lining some of the walls with mirrors which made it look full of greenery and twice as big. Next was the cool greenhouse with pots of pelargoniums sheltering on the staging.

The height of the glasshouse must have been about 20feet and growing against the wall this beautiful pink Passion flower…Cerrulea…..was still in bloom. Pots of Streptocarpus added colour too.

Then on to the Fernery. This was really interesting as the back wall was painted to imitate rock and water dripped down this to create the right conditions for the ferns.

Just a quick look inside the old gardeners work shops and the potting shed, also the old room where they would warm their hands round hot mugs of tea.
We really enjoyed the quiet stressfree morning………only thing is I have to go shopping tomorrow now!

Here’s the pic of Sooty keeping a watchful eye on me!

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What a lovely day out. I feel as if I've been there. Lovely photographs, too. Thank you.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Lovely Janey. I enjoyed that very much. I liked the last three photos a lot. They gave me a warm feeling inside.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Really interesting tour.
Well done on the photography. :o)

Fascinating to see the flower pot storage.
I wonder who sleeps in the dog bed alongside !

22 Dec, 2008

 

The succulent type plant looks like a King Protea to me.

22 Dec, 2008

 

That was a better day going there than xmas shopping, your blog was very interesting, enjoyed the trip with you.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Janey thanks for that lovely tour through the greenhouse. Wonderful photo's. I'd know what I would rather do than Xmas shoping......Yes, that is a protea, native to South Africa and Australia. They really have lovely plants there and love the workshop too.Great blog Janey.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Enjoyed your blog Janey. Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Pleased you enjoyed it everyone......thanks Wagger and Marguerite...King Protea...will make sure I see it when its totally open.

Thats a cat bed Terratoonie for old Ginger and friend Sooty who was watching me from the plant pots! lol

22 Dec, 2008

 

What a wonderful place to visit, Janey. Thanks for taking us with you. Lovely photos, too - a real break from the frenetic throngs!

22 Dec, 2008

amy
Amy
 

I would much rather do that than christmas shopping Janey , I enjoyed that very much a lovely day out ....

Thank you for sharing it with us :0)

22 Dec, 2008

 

dont blame you for wanting to escape the crowds,and what a nice way to do so...fabulous pics!

22 Dec, 2008

 

What a lovely day out Janey. Far better than battling the crowds.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Yes, best to be away from shoppers !

Janey ~ thanks for explaining about Ginger and Sooty.
I guess Finn didn't get to meet those two. LOL

22 Dec, 2008

 

Well, Finns met Ginger before in the garden, but didn't want to go in the greenhouses....he's very highly strung and the plants were big!! lol

22 Dec, 2008

Ams
Ams
 

Far from the maddening crowd....

23 Dec, 2008

 

Lovely tour Janey. I would much rather be there than out in the madness. Now what is it they say.......Never do today what can easily be put off until tomorrow???? I'm sure that's how it goes.

24 Dec, 2008

 

Ha...ha Gilli....that's the motto for stress free living! You're a girl after my own heart lol

24 Dec, 2008

 

I love your pictures and the protea looks just about ready to pop open. Have a look at a blog I wrote in the summer 2008 about proteas flowering outside in the uk.

26 Dec, 2008

 

I've just been having a look Andrea.......aren't they amazing with such large heavy looking flowers....but stunning too!

26 Dec, 2008

 

great blog well done

21 Jan, 2009

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