The beautiful and historic Duffryn Gardens in South Wales will soon be passing into the hands of The National Trust. I think this is a good thing, I've visited the garden several times and it would have been a tragedy were it to have closed. I just hope The Trust allow it to remain true to itself in its quirkiness. At Duffryn you have it all: a rockery, formal beds near the house, a newly restored kitchen garden and glasshouses, long borders, and a series of garden rooms contained by beautiful old stonework. The mish-mash of styles is what makes me want to visit Duffryn again and again - hopefully The National Trust won't try to 'pull it all together' with homogenous planting schemes. I look forward to seeing how the garden will continue to develop over the coming years. Meanwhile, here's how it looked in August when I last visited.
|Formal beds, but not your standard planting|
|Part of the new glasshouse has been devoted to cacti|
The long borders were looking ravishing, so here's quite a few pics of them:
|Finally, waterlilies were at their best in the rill.|