A Saturday stroll at Rowallane..
There’s always something special about the first day of the year that you can comfortably sit outside with your coffee. :)
Rowallane has some lovely new benches, but they have these old, rather rickety ones too – I rarely come home without taking a picture of at least one of them.
If you like bluebells, then Rowallane is the perfect place for you in April/ May – they’re everywhere!
This stunning flower has about 5 names, according to the information plaque beside it, but I can’t even remember one of them! You might have to go yourself to find out..
The Bandstand peeping through the trees..
Just one of the many, many varieties of Rhododendron in flower at Rowallane in springtime
Saturday’s a great day to visit National Trust properties – it’s like Sunday, but not as busy! You tend to find that you have a little more space to yourself, but the café, bookshop and pottery are open . Here are a few pictures I took today (towards the end of June) of the formal garden at Rowallane. There are lots of wilder bits for you to discover yourself, and as always, the seasons bring their own pleasures – Bluebell woods in May, glowing Rhododendrons from April onwards, the Christmas fair in the Courtyard, frosty mornings in November, Snowdrops in January – they’re all there to be discovered. I hope you’ll go and see for yourself.
The door from the Walled Garden
A view of Rowallane House from the Walled garden