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Aberglasney - a winters trip out - mega blog warning !

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Decided to stretch my legs and head out to visit these gardens. They had listed a ‘Winter Gardening Weekend’ so decided to check it out. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical if there would be enough winter interest there but was pleasantly surprised by what was there.

come with me now as I take you on a little tour!!

First on the way, snow on the peaks of Camarthenshire

Through the entrance shop and down to the house, bit of sun/colour…goood

rather nice waterfall

and look at these lovely ferns, come on now what are they? of course we all know they are matteuccia struthiopteris ; )

round the back of the house over the courtyard, more on that later

back round to the entrance and into their rather fantastic Ninfarium!! and have to say WOW

wow

wow

look at those lovely banana leaves….(wow ; )

flower ; )

so you take an old ruin and put a glass roof on, great stuff

nice

some nice planting

dry planting a round

just lovely as you go round, oh whats that there?

Oh its all blurred, what could they be (bampy)?

ah yes, now what are THEY?

see this is what you need bampy (as well as a couple of heaters ; )

lots of fun for the wife n kids (someone elses i mean ; )

what a great place, blown away (have I said wow? )

where the old stove used to be

love it

I think I’d like to live in here, table over there, tv and chair just there…tum te tum

lots of interest

and the way in/out

one last shot

shot of the glass roof, this is what we need folks : )

and out we come onto the original drive and entrance way in the distance

The house from the courtyard

ah the swimming pool ; ) this had water going in from all sides..great (no goose ; ). might come back here in summer with my towel n trunks…bit of chutney

The house entrance

framed original gate

courtyard from up here

ancient yew

and yew

the sunken garden

and back toward the house

off now to the newer forest area, under construction

some good drainage

lots of nice waterways here

flowers left at the base of the trees,

pagan offering, anyone?

back up to the veg garden, this arch will look good come the season

looking very organised

want some fruit?

no problem

up to the rockery and upper gardens

The upper walled garden

back over the courtyard/cloister garden

birdcage with lots of strawberries in those

up to the rockery

some of you folk like the odd snowdrops, can you see any?

the rockery bit

some lovely views here

fancy a bit of witch hazel?

go on take a sniff

view

any moss for Lulu?

up to the upper garden, with a bridge

any hellebores?

everywhere

more water

view down from the top bench

shot of the bridge

think I want one of these?

a hellebore glints in the sun

they’re all around

ok lets go down

view back up

bit o sun

another lovely hellebore

and finally, the bridge in the sun

phweee!! its taken ages to put this on (reads go n click LIKE now ; )

Might be amiss of me to not draw your attention therefore to their tinterweb site so you can check it out
http://www.aberglasney.org/index.php?page=gardens

Should look even more fab later and I notice as this is in Hywels neck of the woods he has a blog on it more into the season

well I hope you enjoyed that look around folks. have to say was worth the £6 even at this time of the year and bought a couple of plants(roots) in the plant sale.

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wow that is amazing, i loved those ferns in the old stone ninfarium?, the archways, the pleiones, that bridge, the stream, the witch hazel and that fabulous yew oh, and the banana plants. so many lovely areas. shall i go on?
seems like a surprise round every corner.

21 Feb, 2012

 

WOW.
Just an amazing place, phew Stevie must have taken you yonks to put these photos on. They are just Fab. Defo. worth £6, love that aboretum place, the bridge, the pots with box in and that wonderful old yew, bet he could tell a tale or two! Those fruit trees have been pruned so carefully! Would love to garden there.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Incredible! Every picure is a wonder, thanks for taking the time, yes. This is a blog to pore-over definitely not a once-through.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Great blog, Stevie. It all looks so well looked after and there is so much to look at, even at this time of year. Enjoyed this.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Totally amazing - love the ferns ! that banana one named wow - indeed I agree - !! Lovely pictures - love mossy wood too and those roots were inspiring !

21 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely Stevie,fantastic photo`s thank you for sharing with us.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Wow now thats looks like my kind of day out, added to my favs Stevie, I`m adding to my list of places to visit as well.
I really enjoyed that, thankyou for sharing your day out, your pics are smashing...

21 Feb, 2012

 

Brought back memories - it is a while since we were there - it must have been one late summer because the Tibetan Blue Poppies were out in the woodland there- is it called the Bishops Walk or something - and I remember that yew tree - well worth a visit - thanks for sharing

21 Feb, 2012

 

What an amazing place! I'd never heard of it before. I think I'd like to live there! It reminds me slightly of the atrium at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston - one of the most lovely places I've ever visited. Has anyone else ever been there? A glassed-over four storey high atrium, heated and kept moist and full of tropical plants - the scent is almost overpowering. Almost worth the Transatlantic flight alone.

21 Feb, 2012

 

How lovely never been thanks for lovely pics,I feel a visit comeing on!!!!

21 Feb, 2012

 

WONDERFUL PLACE. UNFORTUNATELY TOO FAR FOR ME TO VISIT.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Excellent - thanks for sharing with us. How many hours did that take you (it takes me hours for a short one!!)

21 Feb, 2012

 

wow oh wow! really fantastic place to visit.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Wonderful blog Steve , how uplifting for the time of year . The weather kept fine for you too .
I'll recommend it to my sister-in-law who is always looking for places for Chapel outings , and we'll try to visit next time we are in that neck of the woods !
Thank you .

21 Feb, 2012

 

What a Fabulous place. I would love to take a stroll round there. Thanks for a great blog :-)

21 Feb, 2012

 

Brilliant ! I live around the corner from this :o)
.... well maybe 3 corners lol ....
Never been there in winter though... looks like I should make a visit.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Very inspiring place. I am happy to see finally those "British way of making immortal yews" by dipping side branches under the soil, about which I read, but never saw it.

21 Feb, 2012

 

I`ve just been reading the history of the house and all who lived in it, definitely one for me Steve, its going to look fabulous in a few weeks when all the new bulbs are out..

21 Feb, 2012

 

Oh definitely WOW.

21 Feb, 2012

 

And another WOW from me..:o)

21 Feb, 2012

 

What a truly magical Place..love it all Stevie! Must get some Hellibores! Thanks for sharing your day out and taking all that time to put the pics on. :)))))))))

21 Feb, 2012

 

And me..I could live in a corner somewhere in there. The first picture is stunning.

21 Feb, 2012

 

What a lovely blog and great photos.

21 Feb, 2012

 

A totally amazing wonderful place! That's on my list of 'Must Visit' next time we take a trip back to Partner's homeland. Thanks for sharing. :o)

22 Feb, 2012

 

Wow, lots of nice comments folks thanks, worth bunging alot of photos on ; ) (could have been more)

I tend to take shots at about 2meg, thats enough for general use. When doing a blog I'll use photo software (in this case fuji finepix viewer), anything is ok if it has a batch process. I then use the batch process to resize (to another file) so all the pics are down to 400k ish. That way they take much less time to load.
So I would say this blog took about 45mins all in

22 Feb, 2012

 

so it ought to have 45 'likes'??

22 Feb, 2012

 

and it was earlier in the day so the site wasn't busy so could upload quicker as well, have noticed its slower when more folk are on

22 Feb, 2012

 

Ah I dodnt know that :)

22 Feb, 2012

 

straight into faves and on my "must get to one day" list; thanks for the link, went there and will go through it later.

it's all amazing, but that yew must be really ancient, do they know how old it is? now that they can dendro-date trees without having to cut them down first!

must have taken ages to compile this blog but thanks so much for keeping on with it, well worth it!

23 Feb, 2012

 

I think Fran, these yews must have centuries. The oldest in Europe are in Wales. Thank to this technique you see on the pictures. It means, the father trees give rise to daughter trees from their branches, father trees after some centuries die, but daughter trees are strengthening, then they "send" lateral branches and so on and so on.

23 Feb, 2012

 

good job S the T !! I like marathon blogs & what a place eh? Like you I could settle in for a while surrounded by the green stuff & the pleione formosana are incredibly advanced, beautiful. Not around much at the moment but will be back in the mix again.

23 Feb, 2012

 

was nice and warm in there Bamps so the pleiones must have been happy : )

23 Feb, 2012

 

got enough pics for a "part two", Stevie???

23 Feb, 2012

 

hmmm : / will have a look

23 Feb, 2012

 

Brilliant blog Stevie. What a beautiful place. So well photographed too. Thanks for the lovely tour.

23 Feb, 2012

 

This is a really great insite into this place, what a very useful site

25 Feb, 2012

 

do you have any pics of the Bogona look-alike, Gattina?

25 Feb, 2012

 

Wow truly amazing will you be back in summer.

25 Feb, 2012

 

Wonderful. I thought I remembered an earlier blog on this - must have been Hywel's. We will all be lining up to visit now! thank you for taking the trouble to put all these pics on.

25 Feb, 2012

 

bologna, even?

25 Feb, 2012

 

found this from the picture, I have to say what a good tour of this place

26 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks again folks, glad you enjoyed the blog, always nice when folks can see something in more detail and appreciate a bit of effort

Fran, bologna? what are you on about? : /

26 Feb, 2012

 

Gattina said it remjned her of a place she's seen in Bolgona, so I asked if she had any pics, but mangled the place name. was just ocrrecting myself, but no context supplied.

26 Feb, 2012

 

Is there a prize for the longest blog, lol?! Def 10/10 Stevie . . . thank you for taking all that trouble for us to share your day out. Stunning pictures - 'wow' to the Ninfarium (never heard that word before); loved the ancient yews and what beautiful cloisters!!

26 Feb, 2012

 

I Googled "Ninfarium" and every hit pointed to Aberglasney, so it seems to be unique to this location. Tried "define" but still pointed to Aberglasney with no clue as to what the word means, or meant.

Whatever, it's a gorgeous place, you're so lucky to have been able to visit it and bring us the pictures, thank you!

26 Feb, 2012

 

I have to admit I dont think I have heard of a 'Ninfarium' cant find a definition of the word!!! but I like it anyways : )

26 Feb, 2012

 

just thought, the "ium" could be an addon, "of" or "belonging to", so I tried "define: ninfar".

I was offered an online wargame, a restuarant in the US or the Barcelone International Erotic Film Festival, none of which fits the bill.

The whole word seems to apply to this place only, and that makes it doubly unuque.

26 Feb, 2012

 

this blog is a bit like a good book ~ you can keep going back and finding something else new ~ that lovely fern-like plant growing in the air [picture 14] and that camellia. i find it fascinating.
[would it be ok to mention that the bacon sandwich sounded good too?]

26 Feb, 2012

 

well an 'arium' is a place associated with a specified thing.

Just checked the website again and... ''The name Ninfarium was derived from the amazing gardens at Ninfa, which are situated south of Rome. The garden at Ninfa has been imaginatively planted within the ruins of a medieval village.''

so seems to be a made up compound noun of the place!

26 Feb, 2012

 

doh, I didn't take enough off - thanks for the info, Stevie. Now I can sleep tonight ...

26 Feb, 2012

 

Back for another peek Steve its fab

26 Feb, 2012

 

Mega wow blog Stevie!

27 Feb, 2012

 

Specially for you lulu : )
thanks folks, I see this is blog of the week!!! glad I put the effort in now and glad you all enjoyed it

27 Feb, 2012

 

hi lulu, nice to see you!!!

27 Feb, 2012

 

You too Sticki!

27 Feb, 2012

 

Nice place for a picnic do you think?

27 Feb, 2012

 

The Italian word for waterlily is "Ninfea" - could there be an association?

28 Feb, 2012

 

Gosh! I'm speechless. Absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing.

5 Mar, 2012

 

again thanks for the nice comments folks, glad you enjoyed

5 Mar, 2012

 

What a breathtaking panoramic view the first picture it is!!!! I'm hoping Stevie that someday i would be there, love to see it personally!

16 Mar, 2012

 

Really enjoyed this Stevie, that place looks amazing :o))

16 Mar, 2012

 

WOW, and fantastic photos. Much too far away for me to visit but feel like I've been there now lol.

20 Mar, 2012

 

Thanks folks

20 Mar, 2012

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