Lifestyle,  North Wales

Bodnant Garden in October

There’s nowhere I’d rather be than National Trust Bodnant Garden in October. Honestly it’s the most magical place. And if you’re a resident of Conwy country – lockdown rules apply – you should get yourself along there immediately. It’s just a couple of clicks away on their website, with a double check on the weather app. Here’s a tip from me. Check the Bodnant Garden website on a Sunday  – that’s when they post new slots for the week ahead so you’ll have lots of choice and a better chance of bagging a visit when it suits you.

October love

When the Garden is this pretty, words are a little inadequate so this blog is more about the images – all the reds, all the crunchy leaves, all the falling acorns, all the autumn feels.

I felt like I’d walked into every fairytale I loved as a child. Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood. Squirrel Nutkin’s ‘Wood on the edge of a Lake’. Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. And of course Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden filmed at Bodnant Garden and soon to be released on Sky.

Things to look out for 

  • Gawk at the Giants – if you pick up a map on the way in you can check out Bodnant’s ancient tree collection.
  • Sneak up on the Snowberries – the prettiest little white berries tucked away in the Winter Garden make the perfect October decoration.
  • Look at the light – it’s not just about the trees. In October when the sun is low in the sky, the light is breathtaking. So keep looking up. And down. It’s sublime.
  • It’s Oscar Night – the Acer’s are at their magnificent best. Its a bit like nature’s answer to the Annual Academy Awards. The red carpet is laid out awaiting the star spangling ceremony. Stunning Acer’s step out of the forest into the limelight. They stand tall and proud in their finest frocks, strutting their stuff with all that Hollywood glamour. “Look at me. Look at me” And it’s really hard to look away. 
  • Bring out the blues – there’s no double that “autumn” is the colour of the season – bright burgundy,  burnt orange, vibrant yellow. But look out for the occasionally pop of bright blue as you stroll through the woodland paths. There’s a few hydrangeas hanging on but you’ll have to be quick. They won’t be around for long. 

My September blog was only 2 weeks ago but the difference is incredible. So now I’m excited for November. What delights will await.

Have you been? Was your breath taken away? What was your favourite part? Tell me in the comments.

Meanwhile if you’re all inspired and want to show some green fingered love to your own garden check out my best tips for getting your garden autumn-ready.

That’s all for today

Judith xx

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