Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bodnant Gardens

Part One of our tour of British homes and gardens ended with a bang...Bodnant Gardens in Wales was perhaps the best yet, both traditional garden and an extensive parkland, filled with rhododenrons and azalaeas, dozens of great specimen trees (including at least one UK Champion tree), terraced gardens, ponds, bridges, pavilions, pretty much everything. And in bloom too.
It begins dramatically, with the Laburnum Arch, a couple
hundred feet of intense color

Another bug hotel

And then, color, color, color

A cascade down the slope; we were a day or so past the prime,
but the petals on the ground only added to the effect


And thus

Primula, a new interest

A bed of primula

Another cascade


Wales, very near Snowdonia

The house and conservatory; alas, not open to the public

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