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“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”, John Muir

Flower Tunnels and Giant Trees

So this week I’ve been in North Wales doing some more work on my grasslands project for the National Trust, and I visited Bodnant Gardens which apparently are world famous, although I hadn’t heard of them and you probably haven’t either, which is a shame because they are absolutely magnificent!  Because I wasn’t being a tourist (I was working!), I didn’t take lots of photos of all the lovely herbaceous borders and lawns and the mansion house, so I can’t show you those.  I did, however, have to take photos of the amazing laburnum tunnel and the magnificent old trees that dominate and seem to exist in a different dimension and time to you and I.  Anyway have a look first at the delightful laburnum tunnel, hand crafted by the very gifted National Trust gardeners who were all really nice to me and showed me around…..

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

And now feast your eyes on these humungous trees…..

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

Here’s an idea of the house and lawns (which I secretly love and would like to play tennis on given half a chance!)…

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Bodnant house 1
Photo: Mike Howe

I can also report that the cream teas served were absolutely divine.  It was a tough job but someone had to do it 🙂