Every week the staff here at Exbury will be compiling their must-sees in the gardens, focusing on a different area or garden each week. We hope that you will be able to use this as a snappy guide when visiting and that our favourite viewpoints, blooms and garden features might become your favourites too.
Focus 11th June: Yard Wood and the northern section of the gardens
Usually found in amongst the more shaded parts of the gardens at the moment, some of our rhododendrons are still blooming magnificently.
The beauties pictured here are close to the Visitor Entrance on the Main Drive and on your way to the exit from Gilbury Bridge.
Nestled in a valley between the steam railway and Azalea Drive lies the Bog Garden, a small area of the gardens brimming with wildlife, atmosphere and stunning summer colour.
In particular, these candelabra primroses (Primula helodoxa) pictured above and the arum lillies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) pictured below are blooming at the moment, all of which can be taken in from this expertly-placed solitary bench.
More commonly known as sweet azaleas, these rhododendrons elicit a strong sweet fragrance and look stunning with their white/pink flowers and protruding red stamens. As you walk along Azalea Drive towards Jubilee Hill, you’ll see and smell a row of these on the left-hand side.
This evergreen shrub, whose botanical name is Kalmia latifolia, is a relative of the rhododendron and is blooming beautifully at the moment.
There are a few of these dotted around the gardens, usually set back behind another shrub so as to protect visitors. The one pictured is situated on Hydrangea Walk in Yard Wood.
Like so many plants, although beautiful, parts of kalmia latifolia can be toxic to humans, which is why we've made them harder to reach by planting-up around them. However, we do advise visitors not to touch these as they can cause irritation to eyes and an upset stomach.
As the rhododendrons go over and lose their petals, they leave a carpet of vibrant red, pink, yellow or white in their wake. This sight is, in some ways, just as beautiful as the rhododendron flowers themselves. Photos simply cannot do justice to the magic of walking past these fallen pink rhododendron petals by Jubilee Pond, pictured below.
All of these photos were taken on Monday 8th June by Exbury staff members.
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