Harlow Carr

A trip to RHS Harlow Carr last weekend.

The glorious rhododendrons were a real highlight.

I also noticed that the good folk at Harlow Carr are adopting various interesting methods to protect their tree ferns – straw teepees, cages, fleece wrapping, and all manner of other things.

Very interesting, given the locality of their garden to mine – a few things I might try, if we have another cold snap next year.

Bitterly cold during our visit – driving wind and intermittent snow, followed, bizarrely, by bright sunshine – but good to clear out some cobwebs.

And those rhododendrons – spectacular. The sheer scale of the enormous blooms was quite overwhelming.

I returned home to discover this little jewel – the first bloom on my camellia.

Beauty on a much smaller scale, but no less for it (in my opinion).

It’s early in the season, but plenty of things to enjoy, and much to look forward to.

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