A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit the garden at Bryncelyn, in the hills above Llanfyllin, Powys. I was there to photograph the garden and do a few “on the day” social media posts for the National Garden Scheme. As I’m sure you can see, my volunteer work takes me to some of the most beautiful gardens in this area.
There is often a story behind the gardens which open for the National Garden Scheme. The owners of Bryncelyn, David & Rosemary, decided to open their garden for two weekends this year, in June and in September, despite their own difficult circumstances. Even when David became very ill they still continued with their plans. David was determined to make it to the September opening, but, sadly, it wasn’t to be. David died a couple of weeks before the garden opened in September. Rosemary, however, decided to continue with their plans and opened the garden as a memorial to David and his ambitions for their garden, and in turn their support for Horatio’s Garden (a national charity creating beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres to support everyone affected by spinal injury).
I visited on the Saturday and it was a beautiful, warm and sunny day, perfect for browsing and relaxing in a wonderful garden (with teas and cake also on offer).
The 3 acre garden at Bryncelyn includes a flat lawn and gravelled areas, as well as sloping lawns leading down to a small lake and stream. Garden beds feature perennial plants and shrubs chosen to attract nature (and that they do!).
The resident donkeys are very friendly, but unfortunately, I didn’t catch sight of the beautiful resident peacocks.
Having spotted a kaleidoscope of butterflies and many bees on the sedum, and spending some considerable time photographing and videoing them, I just had to go and buy some sedum from the local garden centre the following day. I’ve now lost count of the number of plants bought because I’ve seen them attracting bees and butterflies in National Garden Scheme open gardens. This volunteering is becoming expensive!
The garden at Bryncelyn really does attract a lot of nature. As well as the butterflies and bees, it was a joy to see dragonflies fluttering about at the bottom of the garden.
It was a joy to visit Bryncelyn and I will miss visiting these beautiful NGS gardens as the weather gets colder and the openings wind down. Our area now only has 3 gardens opening before the end of October. Although, there are also a couple of gardens still open by arrangement before the end of the year.