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This entry: Bodnant garden, 4 February 2017 - Entry 54

As it was a beautiful early February morning and we only live 20 minutes away we took ourselves off to Bodnant garden, as we always do at this time of year. The Winter garden is maturing wonderfully, the most impressive feature for me being the combination of excellent structure and a riot of colour, mostly provided by stems of trees and shrubs, beneath which are displayed a fine array of early flowering bulbs, notably snowdrops and irises. Dead grasses, especially various miscanthus, add to the statuesque value of the plantings at this time of year. There follow a few general shots to show these features plus a few more of particular plants that took my fancy. 

Colour anbd form in the Winter garden at Bodnant i Wonderful stem and bark colour in the Winter garde

Galanthus 'Atkinsii' Bodnant Form and Iris 'Kather

Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin and Galanthus 'Atkinsi Bod

Helleborus liguricus

Helleborus liguricus

Galanthus 'Atkinsii' Bodnant Form and Carex flagel

Galanthus 'Atkinsii' Bodnant Form and Carex flagil

Iris reticulata 'Purple Gem' and Helleborus 'Penny

Iris reticulata 'Purple Gem' and Helleborus 'Penny

Iris reticulata 'Blue Note'

Iris reticulata 'Blue Note' in the Winter garden a

Early rhododendrons surprisingly full of flower

There was plenty to see elsewhere in the garden too, especially notable being the many plants of Daphne bholua and various witch hazels (Hamamelis) which we often detected first by scent, sometimes in the case of the daphne from as far away as 30 m. If swooning as a result of perfumed intoxication had not gone out with the Victorians (or perhaps the Edwardians) I am prepared to bet that Pam (certainly) and I (probably) would have succumbed!

Early rhododendrons at Bodnant

The largest Garrya elliptica I know of - do you kn

Garry elliptica

Rhododendron mucronulatum

Rhododendron mucronulatum, February 4 at Bodnant Rhododendron mucronulatum close-up

View across the garden to the snow-capped Carnedda

View over Bodnant garden to the snow-capped Carned

Witch Hazel grove

Witch hazel grove

Daphne bholua - would that I could 'post' the scen

Daphne bholua
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