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Anglesey Abbey part I


By kasy


The previous chapter in my life was all about being a student. I was taking a course at Capel Manor College in Enfield, London.
In January we went to see what’s looking good in winter. Destination – Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
I just got new camera and was bit confused with it – bit different from my previous one.
While waiting for my classmates to arrive I took few pictures of paintings and photos in cafeteria.

Hot chocolate while waiting – all gone now and looks like everybody arrived.
So let’s go out.
Which way now? – oh, ok – to the right.

but looking to the left it looks promising too….

But let’s follow the head gardener and the rest of my class for now.

Well, well – what have we got here – so many nice plants.
Yellow twigs of Salix alba var. vitellina to the left. Lovely scented Sarcococca to the right.

Let’s have a closer look at the group to the right -vivid red stems of Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty’ and white stems of Rubus thibetanus at the back.

Few more steps and what’s here? – tall Prunus serrula underplanted with Euphorbia characias to the lef. And orange stems of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ on both sides of the path.

O WOW!!!!! look what I’ve found – a blue flower! my favourite colour that’s why I am so excited, lol.
But hey – what’s your name… I remember seeing you for the first time in December at RHS Hyde Hall…. Let me think – your first name will be Iris but the rest….. un…. ungu…. what the head gardener is saying? oh, yes – Iris unguicularis. What a tongue twister, lol

That must me Prunus serrula – and what??? the head gardener is saying that they wash the bark? hmmmm…

Looks like they really do – there is a Cherry Walk at Capel Manor College Gardens – the bark doesn’t look THAT shiny ;-)

Hey, but where is my group – can’t see them now. One quick picture. What grows here….
Mahonia to the left, some yellow twigs of Cornus sanguinea (have to ask what variety when I’ll catch up with my group) and another red stems of Cornus at the back…. or is it another Salix?

What a lovely red berries – is that Ruscus aculeatus?

oh, look!!! – first snowdrops :)

Hello there – yes, you are very pretty:)

o wow! flowering Hamamellis – sorry, no time to stop and smell you, lol

another stop – this time lovely bark of Acer davidii caught my eye.

I better hurry up – can’t even hear my colleagues.
But – just one more picture. It is just lovely!!!
The black plant must be Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigresecens’ and the variegated grass – let’s have a look in the leaflet – oh, yes – Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’.
What a fantastic idea!

and what is that plant at the back? let’s zoom in more.

ah, that’s Garrya eliptica….
I’d better run to find my friends now…
here they are :)

I can catch my breath now and see what’s nice around me…
Acer griseum – Paperbark maple – my favourite ;)

I just took one picture and they are gone again…
let’s follow them
That’s looks nice, wouldn’t you say?

Cotoneaster on the left hand side, Mahonia to the right and white Birches as the focal point. I like it:)
But let’s move on and see what’s behind the corner.
O WOW!!!!

For a moment I am speechless, lol

They must love those trees – they wash the bark with the sponge.
And no, I am not distracted taking too many pictures – I know what those trees are – Betula utilis var. jacquemontii – and I even learned the common name – Himalayan Birch. You see?
No time to sit down on the bench – there is more to see….
Oh, hello there – haven’t you seen my colleagues?
I’ve lost them again….
It was a while ago? oops… but you’re saying you still can hear them? That way?

oh, thank you very much:)

I’d better run to catch them now ;-)

Through the gate.

That must be the famous Mill – which is currently undergoing some refurbishment…

Now we should be looking for some snowdrops – there is a huge collection of them here….
But first I spotted something in the leaves

those woke up bit earlier

Bit of the tongue twister for me but will try to get the name right, lol – Erantis hyemalis – common name is much easier – Winter aconite.
And here are few from the vast collection of Snowdrops

A touch of history – avenue of trees planted to commemorate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

It is getting colder – let’s get closer and keep warm, lol

I’d rather keep walking and see what’s nice in the gardens though
Oh, you poor thing – you look like you need a blanket. I will see what I can do about it, ok?

Looks like change of scenery

I wonder what kind of tree is there on the wall

I’ll catch you guys in a moment – I spotted something unusuall

Hello ladies:)

You look – errr -welll preserved. And what are you saying? You used to live here centuries ago? That Anglesey Abbey used to be called Aglesey Priory? I’m sorry I don’t have time for a chat now – I would love to spend more time with you but have to go… bye now…
A little bit of sun shining now – no wonder this is south facing part of the House…

Another view at the tree avenue

oh, you poor thing – what happened to you?

There is a note saying something

Staying close to my friends now
Would you like join us? it must be boring staying in one place for so long, lol

My favourite conifer – Pinus wallichiana….

oh, what a lovely light in that Beech tree….

and here is the end of our walk – the restaurant…

let’s check what’s interesting in a shop

Hand made vase – looks nice:)

Ok so what now? time to go home? Bye guys – I’ll see you in college.

But it is still early! And we didn’t go here and there – so you know what?
I want to see more!!!!
And I did – but I think that’s enough for one blog
– so please check part 2 – Anglesey Abbey – Kasia unleashed

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How interesting and what a lovely place, I have seen pictures on here taken at various times of the year, and it looks to be a stunning place with so much to offer. I love the variety in the winter walk.

26 Jan, 2014


Thoroughly brilliant blog Kasy. I enjoyed it very much. Those Himalayan Birch are amazing, it's hardly surprising you were speechless.

26 Jan, 2014


i recognize almost every single detail in each photograph excepting just a few....
i love the Paperbark maple and they say lightening never strikes twice....
thank you for beautiful blog of a place i visit at the very least six times a year...

26 Jan, 2014


in my favs!

26 Jan, 2014


Beautiful park and very good photos!

26 Jan, 2014


What a lovely day out thanks for sharing.

26 Jan, 2014


Really good winter Blogs we don't see many as good as that .Thank you.

26 Jan, 2014


Hi Kasy ..
lovely set of photos :o)

27 Jan, 2014


Thank you all for your comments and likes:)
It took me ages to do those two blogs - really like your feedbacks.
I went to see the place only once - would love to go there during other seasons as well.

28 Jan, 2014

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