Earlier last month, I enjoyed a tranquil walk around Dyffryn Gardens, covering most of the arboretum and more structured gardens.
A fine light mist of rain soon dried up in the sultry warmth of the day as we walked. I’ve already shared the fallen blossoms that captivated me on this visit; here are a few more phone snapshots that I took as we walked around (LO mostly sleeping on me in a sling).
I enjoyed this late blooming Magnolia with its wonderful large leaves and fragrant cupped blooms.
This fallen oak had sprouted new growth along the length of its trunk.
Beautiful apricot foxgloves; I sowed some from seed a year or two ago but they all came up purple; they made a lovely mass planting in one of the garden rooms at Dyffryn.
I was intrigued by the unusual use of succulents and gravel for a bedding display beneath the terrace of the house.
The alpine slopes were in fine form too.
I was particularly taken by the impact of this ruby sedum that traversed the rockeries.
I could (and did!) walk around these gardens for hours, particularly the wild areas. Well worth a visit, should you find yourself near Cardiff.