Saturday, 29 April 2017
Saturday's grande flower
The gardens of Colonsay House were laid out during the 1930s. Covering over 20 acres, much of the garden is woodland, with an impressive collection of rhododendrons. The gardens were neglected for many years and it must be quite a task to reclaim them, but bit by bit the owners are getting there. There are areas where today's flower, rhododendron grande, Rhododendron argenteum, make you feel as though you have landed in a world of giants. The leaves are ginormous. I laid a beech leaf in the middle of one of last year's leaves, to give a sense of proportion. It is slightly bonkers.