Yes, it’s damp, dismal and dreary outside but my weekly Sunday visit to Aberglasney , as a volunteer, is always dry, bright and beautiful! Many years ago when I started volunteering I offered to keep an eye on the Ninfarium. I have continued to do this although these days there’s nothing really I do there as it is always in tip top shape. However, it does mean that I am always in the dry whatever the weather!
The Ninfarium is an indoor garden that was created in 2005 when a glass roof was placed over the back of the mansion where the roof had long since collapsed and the walls were tumbling down! The garden was created along the same lines as the gardens of Ninfa in Italy, where plants had been planted amongst the ruins of an ancient village. In the space created in the Ninfarium a marvellous array of plants were planted including banana trees.
So many textures, patterns, plants to see and admire all set in the remains of old kitchens and other rooms.
There’s even a well!
Tiny bananas growing up high in the canopy of the banana tree.
Beautiful buds showing promising signs of colour to look forward to later this month.
So after I’ve had my time ‘meditating’ in the Ninfarium, loving the atmosphere and talking to the plants I go into the gardens for a walk in the fresh air. I just think how unbelievably fortunate I am to see the wonderful sights all around and especially this weekend to see the daffodils in bloom!
Of course, a visit to Aberglasney wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have a coffee and cake in the tearooms. I love Aberglasney, I love the Ninfarium, I love Maryellen’s Tea Rooms…what a great start to 2017!