Summer at Bodnant Garden means roses, water lilies and formal beds and borders …and now, for the first time, wildflowers. We’ve created a mini-meadow next to the Pin Mill and it’s been a real success, with visitors and with butterflies, bees and dragonflies. The long border is being renovated and the idea was to sow a wildflower mix to create a summer display while we plan a new design. By popular request, we may be doing it again at other places around the garden in future.
Elsewhere, the garden is looking splendid is all its summer glory, from the rose-tinted formality of the Terraces to the drama of The Dell with it’s swathes of blue hydrangeas and the lakeside tranquiltiy of the Far End. Here’s a little tour in pictures:
Hot colours in The Range border
Calceolaria integrifolia (left) alliums and campanula on the Top Lawn
Dierama pulcherrimum (Angel’s Fishing Rod) on the Terraces
Water lilies and roses, roses, roses…
Also causing a stir on the rose terraces, Lilium regale
Shrubs and perennials mingle in the shade of the Shrub Borders
Lilium martagon and Hemerocalis lilioasphodelus
Sprawling Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (left) and Desmodium elegans
Lovely all in white, the Poem beds
Blue hydrangeas and Cardiocrum giganteum in The Dell
Astilbe and campanula light up the shade
You’ll even find a late flowering Rhododendron ‘Argosy’
Lush lakeside in the Far End...you may spot an otter
Back to the upper the garden, and the subject of meadows…as well as out little ‘experiment’ at the Pin Mill we’re developing three wildflower meadows. The Old Park is already open to the public and we’re hoping to open Cae Poeth and Furnace meadows in the next few years. When last surveyed we identified 26 species of wildflowers in The Old Park. Come along and have a look for yourself; sit and enjoy the birds, butterflies and bees, even have a picnic. After your grand your of the garden, what nicer way to relax on a summer’s day?
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