Bodnant ablaze

2015-10-29 11.35.18 HDR

The last couple of days saw me away with my sister in North Wales, rediscovering childhood haunts around our granny’s house in Llandudno.  Of course, as a child, the proximity of Bodnant a National Trust garden (only the second to be accepted by the National Trust after Hidcote), had little allure compared to donkey rides and sandcastles on the beach, so I don’t believe we ever visited.

I’d read that the garden contains the national collections of Magnolia, Embothrium, Eucryphia and Rhododendron forrestii, as well as the longest laburnum arch in the country, but it occurred to me that none of these would be at their best in late October and so it was with a little trepidation I dragged my full-of-cold sister along.

Well I needn’t have worried, the garden was an absolute joy.  The NT website entry states “there are many gardens in one at Bodnant” and so there are.  Not only Italianate terraces, a dell (complete with waterfall and multiple champion trees) and numerous late perennials still flowering in Wales’ mild climate, but the trees, the trees!

Bodnant is on a scale that allows for an entire Acer Grove (don’t have one?  You really should…) which was absolutely jaw dropping.

2015-10-29 11.28.16 HDR

Acer platanoides Schwedleri2015-10-29 11.31.00 HDR

Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’

2015-10-29 11.31.36 HDR

2015-10-29 11.28.44 HDR

2015-10-29 11.33.06 HDR

Away from the Acers, right by the entrance were a pair of Ginko biloba grown against a wall.  I’d forgotten how yellow the leaves become in Autumn.

2015-10-29 11.04.10

2015-10-29 11.04.17

As well as the trees, there were many interesting shrubs, including this stunning spindleberry, Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade.’2015-10-29 11.53.33 HDR

And if you tired looking at the amazing planting, there was always the beautiful Welsh countryside to enjoy:

2015-10-29 12.00.57 HDR

2015-10-29 12.09.43 HDR

2015-10-29 12.07.36 HDR

So thank you National Trust.  It is a special place indeed.2015-10-29 12.35.13

8 thoughts on “Bodnant ablaze

  1. Chloris

    How beautiful, what a wonderful sight with all those trees in their glory. I have only been to Bodnant in May and I loved it. Clearly an autumn visit is worthwhile too.

    Reply
  2. Pingback: In a vase on Monday – cheating again | Duver Diary

  3. Julie

    I missed this post Jenny, thats a coincidence. Your post and photographs are both really lovely. Bodnant trees are beautiful and yes I really would like one let alone the whole Acer Grove!

    Reply
  4. Pingback: Yearly round up – 2015 | Duver Diary

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s