An overnight stay after a wedding gave us the opportunity for a few local visits before we returned home – a brief introduction to Erddig, a short visit to the steam railway at Llangollen, a walk across the Pontcysyllite aqueduct and an eagerly looked forward visit to the gardens at Chirk Castle and their promised carpet of snowdrops. On arrival, we learned the snowdrops wouldn’t be at their best for a week or two, but we hadn’t come out of our way to visit and enjoyed what we saw, best or no best – not just snowdrops, but some lovely paperwhite birches, aconites, pulmonaria and early signs of rhododendrons. There were also a number of intruding Leucojum vernum, no doubt confusing more than just the Golfer. All-in-all a pleasant diversion on an unusually mild February day.
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