Friday, 16 October 2015

Exploring Northumberland // Alnwick Gardens Part 2


Before you 'read' (I use read lightly as this will be another photo heavy post), make sure to pop over and read the first part from our trip to Alnwick Gardens to get more of a background of who/what/where etc etc. :)
And so to get on with part dos, welcome to the Poison Garden!









The Poison Garden is one of my favorite parts of the gardens as I love things that require a guide haha. Despite being a visual learner, I love to listen to people tell me about things, well proper guide people, not just random people. Anyways, the Poison Garden is a collection of deadly plants that are locked away behind gates and only available to view in small groups accompanied by a lovely guide who tells you all about a selection of them.
In the mix are a vast range of things from things that have well known medicinal qualities to familiar plants that you may encounter in normal daily life - some of them even require licensed to be owned by Alnwick Gardens!
I'm looking forward to reading more about it all in the book I bought! (Which you can see here.)











My other favorite thing about this magical place is of course all of the wildlife. Luckily I didn't have to encounter many butterflies, but there were bees galore which always makes me happy. During my last visit here (a good few years ago now actually) Mr Dumpty and the chicken wire lion sculpture that I assumed to be Aslan, were non-existent so it was a rather fun addition to spot when strolling along by the Cherry Orchards.
And to end our visit, nothing could make my day more than getting to meet some of the local birds. How absolutely stunning are these Mandarins?! For those who may not be crazy bird watchers like myself, I'd like to point out that similarly to most species the male is in fact the more colourful of the two with the female being the equally gorgeous more muted colours. I fell in love with this couple and didn't want to leave them! As you can see we also encountered a rather young Coot, who had strayed from his/her parents and was extremely bossy even fronting up to the Mandarins and Mallards!
Enough of the bird talk for today - I hope you enjoyed my photos from Alnwick Gardens and feel free to check out the fun little video we put together too.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! :)


10 comments:

  1. I can't believe I've never heard of this place! I went to Uni in Newcastle so was fairly close by and I would have loved to have visited here! You got some beautiful photos :)

    Musings & More

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    1. Oh really?! I'm super surprised as it's quite popular - some scenes from Harry Potter were even filmed at the Castle!
      Thank you very much :)

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  2. The Poison Garden definitely looks like a very interesting place. Humpty dumpty.. what an addition haha. Although I am afraid of beaked animals, I can still appreciate just how beautiful those mandarins are! I hope you have a good weekend :)

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    1. It's my fave part of the gardens - so interesting!! Oh no!! I know a few people with a fear of birds, its such a shame as they really are sweet. You too beautiful!!

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  3. Oh my gosh, this place looks amazing! I love how magical it all looks, and the last shot of the railings is lovely, I really like it when a place has some interesting architecture and of course, who could resist all of that gorgeous wildlife? Another lovely post Danielle! - Tasha

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    1. Tasha, you really need to go! haha
      Thank you! <3

      xo

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  4. This is my kind of place!! I would go here in a heartbeat. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos of the birds, I'm loving me some birds lately!

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  5. We visited the gardens recently and really enjoyed the tour of the Poison Garden, it's amazing how many of the plants you can find in your own back garden!

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    1. Oh really thats awesome! It is crazy isn't it?! I love the mandrake best :)

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