Friday, 20 June 2014

An inspirational visit to the glorious Bodnant Gardens in Wales

Bodnant Gardens Wales, National Trust UK


Bodnant gardens in Wales cover an area of some 80 acres and is maintained and cared for by the National Trust. This is a place that i not only visit for its peaceful and calm serenity but for me it is also a place of great inspiration. One of my favorite areas in the gardens has to be the steep wooded valley which peers down to the river below, whilst the Italianate terraces are probably now at their best with the roses flowering away like mad, the scent a heady perfume truly fills the air. It is a breathtaking landscape and all the more so as a man-made artifice. Below are a collection of pictures from my recent visit.


Bodnant House



House with view to Snowdonia



Mountains of Snowdonia



The Folly by the Lily Pond

The aptly named Ladybird poppy


Achillea and California Poppy, a surreal combination


Achillea

Wonderful cranesbill
Hosta, no slug damage, wonderful

Astrantia flower, a favourite










Magnolia, a piece of natural perfection



My favorite tree Cornus Kousa






Love the oversize coping stones
















Sequoia tree planted in the 1870's has an eerie fairy-tale quality to it





Mysterious steps 

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