"Amazing walk and now I feel like a mini Indiana Jones" Megan Jones
The giant Rhododendron arboretum, now about 140 years old, at the head of the valley are still looking magnificent. Their flowering period has been held back by the cold weather this spring. Look out for R. 'Glory of Penjerrick' with deep strawberry pink flowers at the bottom of the Water Garden and also near the Amphitheatre.
Along Badgers Walk Magnolia x soulangeana, probably the most widely planted and the most floriferous of all the Magnolias is in full bloom. Close by in the Chilean Coomb the aptly named Chilean Fire Tree (Embothrium coccineum) is displaying its exotic looking fiery orange scarlet flowers.
In the Bamboozle giant new shoots of Phyllostachys edulis are emerging and will soon be growing at a rate of up to 30cm a day. These are the thickest canes grown outside in the UK.
In the Water Garden look out for the Candelabra Primulas which are starting to look pretty, the new leaves of Iris pseudoacorus 'Variegatus' are coloured cream, yellow and green and the distinctive Arum Lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) which came to Europe over 400 yrs ago from S.Africa.Throughout the garden the wild flowers are in profusion, including Bluebells, Campions, Alkanet (a deep blue flowering member of the Borage family), Primroses, Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetum) and Ramsons (Allium ursinum) (both commonly referred to as wild garlic).