Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart–Victor Hugo

Megan got me started with this talk of “The Februarys” and pining for Spring, and Andrea Pickens didn’t help by talking about traveling to Scotland and Ireland.

I’m yearning for Springtime in England. It has been three years since I’ve seen England and that is way too long. I won’t be there this year, though, but I went so far as to do a search on Garden Tours of England.

The first up is Coopersmith’s One of a Kind Tours
British Isles
Springtime in the Cotswolds
the Malvern Gardening Show
Scottish Highlands & Islands
the Chelsea Flower Show
Springtime in Ireland: Gardens, Castles & Landscapes (This one is their special of the month)
North Yorkshire Gardens, Country Inns & Stately Homes & Gardens
Haunts of English Artists, Writers and Horticulturists

Next is Lucas and Randall Tour the Gardens of Europe.
Alas their website says “Lucas and Randall is no longer accepting reservations for the 2008 season.” Now I think I’ve missed something!

There is plenty to select from Lynott Tours, though. The one that interests me most is “Chelsea Garden Show with Visits to Kent and Sussex,” but that is because they say there is only one space left!

Sigh.
I think I’ll go on a virtual tour, revisiting gardens we saw on my 2005 visit to England, the Romantic Road North Tour. Wanna come with me?
(I may not have the correct garden attached to the correct estate, so feel free to correct me)

Buckingham Palace – we started our tour in London, naturally. On our walk past Buckingham Palace we saw Prince Charles and Camilla leaving in a limo. Prince Charles waved to us.

Grimsthorpe Castle – this is a view from a window of the castle

Knebworth House – so many beautiful flowers here

Chatsworth – again a view from a window. Indescribably beautiful!

Haddon Hall – this medevial house was a big contrast to Chatsworth, but its gardens were wild and gorgeous

Beningbrough Hall – lots of gardens here

Norton Conyers – one of my favorite places on the tour. Still a private house, it is thought to be Charlotte Bronte’s model for Thornfield. It is known that she visited the house and the family recently discovered a windowless room in the attic where a madwoman might have lived.

Duncombe Park – a view of a very formal garden

Floors Castle – lots of beautiful flowers here

Edinburgh – no garden but a beautiful view!

Where in the world would you like to be this Spring?
Are you planning a garden this year? What will you plant?

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Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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