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The Big Friendly Giant stood at the entrance to the Cardiff Flower Show – Roald Dahl came from Cardiff

We go every year to the Cardiff RHS Flower Show in Bute Park, so here are my images from last weekend. I didn’t find it as wonderful as in previous years, and didn’t snap everything as greedily, but that’s probably just because I now feel “I’ve seen it all before”. Oh dear… (more…)

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Fujin, god of wind, a bronze statue at Dyffryn Gardens

There are several Japanese bronze sculptures at the National Trust’s Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, all of them donated by Grenville Morgan in 1951 or 1952. I’m afraid I don’t know much about the gentleman.

I will start with bronzes of a pair of fearsome nature gods, Fujin and Raijin, not currently on full display – or at least when I last saw them they were tucked away in a glasshouse. (more…)

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Joyance by Sir William Goscombe John – a (replica) statue in the Thompson’s Park pond

I have taken so many pictures of Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park lately that it’s time I shared some general views, before spring starts properly and I am overcome by new flowers and green growth.

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Zinnia elegans in the gardens of Tredegar House in late September, 2015

You know how it is – you go to so many places in September that you suddenly find it’s January and there are autumn visits you haven’t had time to blog about yet. So I apologise that this post isn’t topical – although it is at least colourful during these dark, wet days of midwinter.

Tredegar House in Newport, south-east Wales, was taken over by the National Trust in March, 2012. Most of the red-brick house dates from the late 17th century but I will write a separate post about the house itself. This time I want to feature the plants in bloom in the gardens in September. (more…)

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Rotting apples in the hollow trunk of a tree at Aberglasney

Although there was still lots of late-summer colour when we visited Aberglasney at the end of September, there was also lots of mellow fruitfulness and autumn decay. Here are a few snaps – and maybe you can identify those species that I can’t. (more…)

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Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) on Verbena bonariensis at Aberglasney, late September 2015

It wasn’t that long ago that we visited Aberglasney House and Gardens in Carmarthenshire, but it now seems a whole season away. We last went in late September, when there were still so many flowers in bloom. So I am going to share them here. There were also signs of autumn change and decay, but I will put those in a second blog post. (more…)

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The Lucombe oak at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan, in January 2015

In May last year I blogged about some magnificent turkey oaks, Quercus cerris, in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. You can read the post here.

Well if I thought that was a quirky Quercus, I have now seen one that is even more unusual – the so-called Lucombe oak, Quercus x hispanica ‘Lucombeana’. I first spotted it in January at the National Trust’s Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan. (more…)

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