Bodnant Gardens In Laburnum Season

A mackerel sky at Bodnant Gardens
The lower terrace under a mackerel sky

I’m sharing pictures from our trip to Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley, Wales about this time last year. Closed at the moment, it’s a natural addition to my Pictures for Dreaming series.

Purple alliums and white camassia
Allium and Camassia
Crimson rose with many buds
An old rose, still going strong

The earliest roses start to bloom in May. A few weeks further on in the season, this becomes one of the loveliest rose gardens in Britain.

Regular readers will know of my love of stone… and embellishment.

Yellow Laburnum flowers arch over a curved walkway
Laburnum walk in full bloom

The Laburnum arch is a must-see during the short time it’s in flower. Although the garden never feels crowded, it takes a good deal of patience to get a view of the walk without people.

White wisteria at Bodnant Garden
White wisteria somehow adds a Gothic touch

Wisteria, strangely, is less of a draw.

Bodnant house sits above the terraces
The Georgian house was extended and refaced in Old English style

Bodnant house is not open to visitors, but it casts a presence over the garden.

Red, orange and yellow azaleas
A blaze of Azaleas

But it’s the collection of plants that draws me back and their placement. Wildflowers that might almost seem weeds in their native areas are given the respect their beauty should command.

Bluestar in a formal garden
Bluestar in a formal setting
Amsonia (Bluestar)
Amsonia (Bluestar)
Meadow walk with deckchairs and bunting
Meadow walk

That’s it for today’s virtual stroll. As I’m feeling a bit moony putting these together, I’ll end with my sweetheart:

Felder at Bodnant Garden


39 Replies to “Bodnant Gardens In Laburnum Season”

  1. Your pictures are beautiful – definitely ‘for dreaming’. I enjoyed my virtual stroll around the garden and have added Bodnant to my list of places to visit in the future. 🙂

  2. Moony indeed. What a world in these images. To me they seem muted and whispery, much like the images for an old stereopticon. The first word that came to mind when I saw the rose was “old,” despite the throng of buds. The color seems taken from some medieval tapestry. The buds, as always, have their own secrets. Your word “presence” is apt; it isn’t just that remarkable house — it’s the whole of it. Your finale fits exactly!

    1. The rose is the advance party with the buds forming the rear guard… although, no, your medieval tapestry is an apter image.

  3. p.s. Thank you for the term “mackerel sky,” which is new to me. I grew up with “buttermilk sky,” with no idea that there was any likeness between a mackerel and buttermilk!

  4. That laburnum walk is a real stunner, not to mention the azaleas. I would love to visit those gardens sometime.

  5. This surely gets a “wowsah!” What an arch. I felt moony just looking at the pictures. Also, I enjoyed seeing a picture of your sweetheart.

  6. The laburnum arch is stunning but unfortunately I’ve never yet managed to get to Bodnant when it’s all in bloom. The azaleas are gorgeous – those and rhododendrons are my favourite blooms. If you’ve never been I can recommend a visit to Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens near Menai Bridge on Anglesey when the rhodies and azaleas are in bloom, so many different colours and they are gorgeous 🙂

    1. I’ll make a note of that. The wild rhodies are in flower here, and some are huge, but they are all pretty much the same colour.

      1. Have a look here on my camping blog at the photos I took at the Hidden Gardens a four years ago –
        and here’s the website if you want to take a look –
        It’s a lovely place and well worth a visit (nice tea rooms too) if you’re ever down that way

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