It does have to be said, it hasn’t been the warmest of summers. And although that has brought its gardening challenges, one benefit is that the later summer flowering perennials are just that little bit later than usual giving us a longer summer. The garden is still full of colour, as in the Aconitum carmichaelii 'River Ouse' in the Salvage Garden (right), with plenty of colour still to come in some of the asters which are still in bud.
2015 was the third year in which we opened Langdale for a weekend under the National Garden Scheme (NGS). We open with two neighbouring gardens in August, which can be a quiet month in many gardens, but there is plenty of colour at Langdale at that time and we benefit from there being not so many other gardens open elsewhere at the same time under the NGS. This year we had another increase in numbers, with 511 people visiting the garden and enjoying the home-baked cakes. We love sharing the garden with others – to see people enjoying our garden is hugely rewarding (left).