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June 7th Visits to Westonbirt and Penllergare Valley Woods June 7, 2021

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At last after such a long time we’ve been able to see our family! A day out together with daughter & grandson plus extras at Westonbirt The National Arboretum. We had a wonderful day and enjoyed walking around through all the many paths amongst the thousands of trees. Best was walking over the bridge that spans across the woodland so it feels like one is a bird in the branches hidden from view but seeing all!

It wasn’t too busy but everyone we met had a very well trained dog on a leash. It was very helpful to find that all the trees were labelled and it stopped any wondering what species they all were- it definitely aids the memory when the name is on a label!

Back home we have had visitors! It was lovely to welcome new faces to the cottage after such a long break. All the cleaning and sanitising went well and even when the dishwasher broke two days before the first visitors came AO were fantastic and delivered one next day- great service! Friends arrived from England with gifts for us pie for Jim and stilton cheese for me and a fruit flan! We were very happy and full!

In our house we had the arrival of a bat in the bedroom and Jim luckily found the tiny hole that it had come through! The tallest ladder we have just reaches our ceiling but we had to open the window to get the ladder out again as it had jammed on the stairs coming up!! We do lead exciting lives!!

I enjoyed my weekly visit to Aberglasney with a good pal. She loves this tree a Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ wedding cake tree!

The rest of the Gardens are beautiful and it’s encouraging to see all the visitors returning now lockdown has eased.

The sun was shining when we visited Penllergare Valley Woods for a walk and coffee and cake! The Gardens are 40 minutes drive away from Lletty Cottage and are quite magical! Really! On both sides of the valley there are major roads and the Woods lie snuggled between them. A slight distant hum can be heard but the birds singing deafens the hum out! There are 12 square miles of woodland and 7 miles of footpaths…we haven’t walked them all….yet!!

There’s a fascinating history to the valley and there are great projects afoot to make the welcome centre larger and expand the facilities.

Can you hear that noise? It’s our grass and weeds growing! After the wet and cold we’ve had hot, warm and damp weather perfect for everything to start coming to life…in a big way! It’s been tricky trying to keep everything tidy when overnight plants seem to burst out of their slumber and shout, ‘ I’m alive and flowering…NOW! ‘

This succulent looked sad and down at heart and over a week has transformed into a beauty!

On Pond Field

Hostas ….before the slugs get them!

Flowers popping up everywhere all shapes, sizes and colours

Good to see so many bees in the garden and different kinds too. Sadly lacking in many other insects on the plants but there must be many flying around as the swifts are back at home nesting under the eaves and they must be eating something! There must be at least five pairs nesting and they squeal and screech around the house early morning and through the day…it’s a joy to hear them.

The tomatoes, cucumbers and salad are all growing well in the greenhouse and the runner beans, peas and courgettes are all planted in veg plot. I’d hoped to cut back on my planting this year but something happens and I just pop a seed into a deep root trainers and before I know it there’s a plant! I have to look after it now…don’t I !!!

Thank you Jane for the root trainers they have been amazing!!

Thank you for reading. Hope your gardens are growing well too!

 

5 Responses to “June 7th Visits to Westonbirt and Penllergare Valley Woods”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    I was wondering if you would be able to open so it is very good news that you have.

    What a wonderful selection of pictures you have given us in this post. I enjoyed the flower pictures in particular.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. It is good news that we are open . We are getting to know all the ins and outs of cleaning and then sanitising…takes quite a long time! The garden has gone mad! Lately the weather has been perfect for the plants to grow and put on a growth spurt! At least it’s colourful now but weedy!

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  2. How wonderful to be able to get together again with family, Marianne. And such a beautiful setting, in the Arboretum. Your pictures illustrate your walks so well and I love all the flowers. It must be so nice to welcome visitors once again and to be able to share your beautiful garden.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Sue. I knew I’d missed seeing the family…obviously…but I didn’t realise how emotional I’d be when I actually saw my daughter and grandson and gave them a hug! Thank goodness for the trees all around as they seemed to support us all…finding out their names… chatting about their size…etc…we had a lovely day. It has been great welcoming back visitors as it focuses the attention on jobs to do! The garden certainly gets tidier and the lawns mowed when we have visitors around! Yesterday my husband even tackled trimming the long hedge…he hates gardening so lots of praise and treats for him…an extra icecream for tea!! Today it has poured with rain but still warm so the hedge will grow back in no time!!! Thanks again.

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