After such a long cold wet winter and a very late, short-lived Spring..........Summer finally appears to be upon us!! The past three weeks have seen warm sunny days here in Wales, without so much as a drop of the wet stuff falling out of the clouds. Yayyy!!
One of the first places I visit when summer arrives is Colby Woodland & Gardens.
Colby is set in a steep narrow valley. The centre, flat part is open meadow, just great for a picnic, while up the sides of the valley (on both sides) are beautiful woodland, with many paths both easy and difficult, depending of your walking preference.
Colby Lodge itself is still privately owned, but the woodlands and most of the gardens are run by the National Trust. My favourite part is the Walled Garden, where the majority of the summer flowers can be found.
The good thing about the Walled Garden is that it's quite sheltered from any wind, so taking macros is quite easy there.
The sheer variety of flowers in the relatively small area of the Walled Garden is amazing, there's lots of colour wherever you look.
There are old favourites, such as this small member of the Geranium family:
There are the slightly more unusual (well, this one is, to me).......these flowers look like they are sticking their tongues out. LOL.
And of course, there are always a plentiful supply of insects around, helping themselves to the flower's offerings.
I took quite a lot of photos on this trip, so I'll put the rest of them is this Flickr Slideshow. Enjoy!!!