A North Wales Alpine Gardener's Diary
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.
Galanthus 'Atkinsii' Bodnant Form and Iris 'Kather
Galanthus 'Atkinsii' Bodnant Form and Carex flagel
Iris reticulata 'Purple Gem' and Helleborus 'Penny
Iris reticulata 'Blue Note'
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!
The largest Garrya elliptica I know of - do you kn
View across the garden to the snow-capped Carnedda
Witch Hazel grove
Daphne bholua - would that I could 'post' the scen