With Summer well on the way and hopefully the weather finally warming up, now is the time to get out into the garden and if you are looking for inspiration on what to plant or just fancy a day out, why not visit some of Yorkshire's magnificent gardens?
You will pick up plenty of ideas at the RHS's most northerly garden Harlow Carr, near Harrogate, with 58 acres of beautiful gardens and an excellent plant centre you will no doubt come away with plenty of ideas and goodies!
Nearby, visit Cold Cotes Farm near Menwith Hill, which is open to groups of six or more by appointment, is a very special garden on a less grander scale but where you will pick up plenty of tips from owner Sue.
There is only a couple of weeks left to visit one of the most exciting and what is potentially one of important and relatively newly established gardens in the United Kingdom. Opened to the public since 2005, the Himalayan Garden is situated just outside Masham in the village of Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire and closes on 21st June until the autumn. Set on the sides of a valley this 20 acre garden is home to over 500 species of rhododendrons and magnolias and this magnificent collection contains many rare plants. The landscaped gardens also feature magnificent sculptures, tumbling streams and lakes.
Sadly it is not a garden for those with disabilities as there are many steep paths and steps to negotiate.
Newby Hall and Gardens, near Ripon is great for all the family from granny (wheelchair friendly) and plenty to interest young ones too, with a great play area and miniature railway.
The gardens are magnificent at this time of year and dotted around the grounds are beautiful sculptures.
If you are exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park, get out and take a walk, the wildflower meadows are a picture and a walk along the River Swale near Grinton towards Muker will reward you with magnificent views and an abundance of wild flowers.
For child friendly gardens and places to visit Bolton Castle is well worth exploring and boasts a relatively new garden, vineyard and maze with commanding views over Wensleydale. Across the valley in neighbouring Coverdale is the Forbidden Corner a garden created by its owner originally for his own children and pleasure, it is now a major attractions and will delight visitors of all ages!
Scampston Walled Garden is another firm favourite and is well worth stopping off at if you are on the way to Scarborough. Created by Piet Oudolf in 1999 the garden is divided into a series of rooms to wander through.
Inspired by Piet Oudolf are the gardens at the Dutch House near Easingwold created by fellow Dutchman Jack, the garden is reminiscent of his idol and worth visiting if you are in this part of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire boasts two lavender farms, Wolds Way Lavender, situated almost opposite Scampston Walled Garden and near Castle Howard is Yorkshire Lavender, situated on the Howardian Hills. Both will shortly be coming into their own later on this month when the weather warms up and hopefully the summer finally decides to arrive!