This morning I paid my annual spring/summer visit to Dyffryn Gardens. Situated in the Vale of Glamorgan, just outside Cardiff, Dyffryn Gardens is run by the National Trust and is home to a grand Edwardian manor, surrounded by some 55 acres of botanical gardens – and it’s one of my favourite places for a weekend stroll.
I’ve visited the gardens a couple of times already this year, but this was my first visit during the summer when the flowers were in full bloom. I like going back every year to see what the groundspeople have done to the gardens as they never look the same from one year to the next.
There was a lot of colour in the gardens this year, and following on from last year, the planting seemed much more natural and less formal that it has in previous years. I had great fun photographing the many flowers in the gardens – some of which were spectacular. Here are some of my favourites from this year’s visit:
There were lots of bees, dragonflies and butterflies buzzing around the gardens, too, and it’s safe to say I got a bit carried away trying to photograph them:
The gardens were as lovely and as welcoming as ever, and I really enjoyed my visit. If you’re ever in the Cardiff area, I highly recommend Dyffryn for a day out. And if you’re interested in how the gardens have looked in previous years, take a look at my blog posts from 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan CF5 6SU
Adults £10.90, children £5.45