Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy, 26th May 2015

Many gardens have a claim to being the best in the UK.  Bodnant Garden makes such a claim and in May with the Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Azaleas in startling bloom, it is hard to argue against. Our May visit was perfectly timed for colour to stun the senses, particularly with the heady perfume.

The Laburnum Arch was just beginning to flower and this teaser at one end was the best I could manage. I guess one week later would have seen the fragrant blooms at their best and full of bees, an experience to remember.

I have this in my garden and had lost the name, so not the best photograph. I know now that it is Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'.

The gardens were gifted to the National Trust by Henry McLaren in 1949. His family have been in residence for some 130 years. Indeed his grandson, Michael, presently manages the gardens on behalf of the Trust.

As well as the manicured terraces, there is a lush valley brim full of plants to whet the appetite of any gardener.

The alpine beds beside the house are newly planted and would have been worth the cost of admission alone, save that the Spring shrubs and trees have already won that battle.


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