Sampling colours and scents on a walk through the gardens at Anglesey Abbey


The saturating effects of coppicing on the colour of bark


Bewitching scents of Daphne tantalise the nose throughout the walk. Plenty of honey bees were taking advantage of the open flowers.


Puffs of sweet smelling viburnum flowers bracket this bend and give the impression of swirling snow (or possibly a powder fight)


Sunset colours filter through this mass of Bergenia leaves


Sinuous curves create pockets of interest, areas of deeper planting and room for surprises. This swath of wind-ruffled Stipa grass adds to the fluidity of the scene.


This is a combination I’ve not seen before, but will be repeating: snowdrops and cardamine quinquefolia (the five-leaved cuckoo flower)


Silk tassels galore: To the left, to the right, guarding the route.


Witch hazel flowers look rather wonderful against this low-growing, variegated euonymus planting


A slightly different view of the famous birch grove: Looking through the surrounding shrubs and daffodils on approach.


The tiers of an espalier pear against the side of the house climb up and up and up


It looks like some fairly major pruning was carried out to the beech trees in the hellebore dell last year. Their exposed branches have created some interesting shapes.


Of course, at this time of year people flock to see the snowdrops at Anglesey! This, rather nicely staged scene, was at the start of the woodland path.


And finally, here’s one last photo to show a rather delightful, recently-planted spring bulb combination: a lovely creamy yellow Iris reticulata (possibly Katharine’s Gold) with snowdrops and orange dog wood stems.


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15 Responses to Sampling colours and scents on a walk through the gardens at Anglesey Abbey

  1. susurrus says:

    Some wonderful pictures here. I especially liked the different view of the birch grove and the wonderland character of the third one. The blue sky helps!

  2. Cathy says:

    This is a really lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing! We don’t have gardens like this in my part of the world, so it is a real treat to see some scenes of an English garden now and then. 😃

    • I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the post. Being so familiar with the garden, I perhaps sometimes take easy access to it for granted, so thanks for the reminder 🙂

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    What a lovely garden waking up to spring! Those dogwood branches are fabulous and I like the iris/snowdrop combo. Nice!

    • It is a great garden and I am extra pleased to see that gardeners are working to evolve the Winter garden. It’s about 20 yrs old and some of the shrubs are getting so big that they present a fairly solid wall as you meander down the path, which means that the lovely curves lose their ‘reveal’ aspect. So it is nice to see that they are not afraid to radically change sections as needed.

  4. Wonderful gardens. So delightful to see while we remain with nothing but sticks to see…for now. I like your perspective looking up the climbing pear.

    • Thanks Steve. Particularly in sunshine, there is an absolute abundance of colour and textures in the winter garden, even before the blossom and bulbs display starts. You don’t get the scents though 😉

  5. shoreacres says:

    The birch grove is delightful. I’ve had a hard time coming to grips with how early your spring is compared to ours. For some reason, I’ve always assumed you don’t get these wonderful sights until April — or at least March. On the other hand, we’re past mid-February, so March isn’t so far away! Gardens often seem too formal/artificial for me, but this one’s beautiful, and I’d be happy to spend some days there.

    • I think that we’ve got several types of spring flowers opening about a month early this year. There’s been no frozen ground to hold them back (which often happens to daffodils for instance).
      Anglesey Abbey does have have a few excessively staid and formal bits, but the Winter Walk down to the Water Mill is a lovely dynamic and immersive experience. 🙂

  6. Cathy says:

    Such an intriguing shot of the espalier pear, Allison. Did you manage to visit on a quiet day, avoiding the crowds?

  7. Sue says:

    Lovely photos, looks like a great spot to visit. Love all the colours and textures and the different perspective from a few of your shots.

    • Thank you, Sue. The Winter garden is evolving all the time, which keeps it interesting. It was developed about 20 years ago and has reach the stage where some sections need to be re-invigorated, as shrubs outgrow their space and bulbs/plants gradually fail.

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