Speke Hall Gardens

Plants are one of my favourite sources of inspiration, and it's always wonderful to visit different outdoor spaces. During the school holidays we had a great day out at the National Trust Speke Hall (Northwest England). Here there are spectacular gardens, woodland, and an impressive Tudor manor.

Speke Hall

 The kitchen garden is home to some colourful specimens. I was quite taken with the globe artichokes.

Globe artichokes in the kitchen garden

The huge monkey puzzle trees in the main garden are fascinating with their spikey trunks and branches. What great pattern inspiration!

Monkey Puzzle tree details

And the woodland trail is full of surprises, including a family of giants living there! There are huge shoes, button, books and more scattered among the trees. Great fun for kids and adults alike.

Giant's face sculpture in the woods