Bodfach Hall Gardens - 2009
Welcome back to all who visited us last year (many thanks) and welcome to those new to the gardens. I hope this map is of some help in finding your way around. Or you may just like to wander where your fancy takes you (as I do).
Another warm and dry April has brought on speedy growth in the beds, although the rabbits have made sure to top my favourite astrantias the moment a green shoot appears. How we love them! Add this to my despair at the squirrels snapping off the exquisitely scented flowers from the Rosa 'Constance Spry' clambering up the cottage walls - for no apparent reason - I am rapidly turning from a Miss Potter into a Mr. McGregor.
The great beech that was felled last year and whose detritus had taken over the Statue Garden, has now been removed. Since the last Garden Open, we have had A-Level Art students from Llanfyllin High School work on an installation art project using materials form the gardens, some of whom turned sections of beech into fantastic artworks (photos on display in the Studio). The large bed is due to be planted up this autumn with irises to make a scented border for next year's garden.
We hope you'll find time to visit Geoff Wilkinson's photographic exhibition in the Studio. Some of you may remember his work on display last year which chronicled garden projects at Bodfach since our arrival in January 2007. We are lucky indeed to have such a talent, both as a gardener and an artist, on our doorstep.
The spring walk, planted early last year, is coming on apace. This year (and I'm sure I say this every year, but it is especially true of this year) the blossom everywhere took my breath away. One day I hope to be able look down from the south terrace onto a sea of white and pink froth illuminating the tips of the as yet dormant rhododendrons. Gilding the lily is a major weakness of most amateur gardeners. But why not?
Our wish to create a new herb garden for 2009 has, for many reasons, been postponed along with a renovated terrace along the Coach house, so please accept our apologies (and warnings) for the irregular surfaces in the walkways and paths around the area. Our aim is to be able to make a start on improving some features of the hard landscaping next year. And of course, to continue our battle against ground elder, Japanese knotweed et al; those tell-tale signs everywhere gently reminding us that nature will always prevail.
Maggie Baynes (May 2009)