Chirpy Chirpy Chirk Chirk

Chirk.1Chirk2Chirk3Chirk4An 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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6 Responses to Chirpy Chirpy Chirk Chirk

  1. Holleygarden says:

    The snowdrops are wonderful! But it’s the rhododendron with its peek of red underneath that caught my eye! Great photos!

    • Cathy says:

      I too am especially fond of the dark red rhododendrons so was delighted to see this as well, although it may be many weeks before the flowers are fully open. I tend to think of May as being their main season, but I suppose many are actually much earlier than this.

  2. croftgarden says:

    Lovely to see some spring flowers.
    Nice to see you back and blogging with enthusiasm I was beginning to think that you might have been struck by the plague again – fortunately just galavanting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – yes, still alive and kicking. Keeping up with blogging activities has become so much part of what I do these days that a day without a post should be a rarity ( but OK, Saturday’s was drafted on Friday and posted just before we left on Saturday morning)

  3. Anna says:

    Glad to read that there were some snowdrops out at Chirk for your visit Cathy. They seem slightly behind in flowering compared to recent years but they are getting there slowly 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, but not having been before I was unsure how extensive the carpet could be and of course until they are in bud you wouldn’t necessarily notice where the clumps were. By the way, I have some of the 9cm baskets on order now, but they had almost sold out again within a day of them notifying me they were back in stock – are they all being bought for snowdrops, I wonder?

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