Today we made a second attempt to visit the RHS garden nearest to us - Harlow Carr. We did attempt a visit last month but only managed to visit the alpine house before the heavens opened and we had to abandon our visit. That visit did have one highlight in that we caught a glimpse of red kites wheeling above the gardens. This time the kites didn't put in an appearance but we did manage to see more of the gardens.
There was far more colour than we had expected.
I love the shape of bare trees and that you can really appreciate the beauty of the bark.The bare stems of the cornus glowed in the sunshine.
Mark you would have loved them!
Most of the trees were under-planted with impressive drifts of spring bulbs - crocuses, cyclamen coum, snowdrops, scilla, puschkinia and masses of varieties of iris reticulata
We would have really liked to have come home with some iris reticulata but unfortunately the plant sales area didn't have many for sale. I guess I'll have to search some out elsewhere. We did come away with one or two things though.
As well as a surprising amount of colour there were also one or two other surprises hiding amongst the planting.
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