Clyne Gardens. Welsh 100 – No 23.

The weekends expedition was a short drive along the M4 to Swansea. The weather forecast predicted sun along the coast, but it didn’t look very promising as the rain splattered on the windscreen. Then as we passed Port Talbot the clouds cleared and the sun came out. Perfect for fossicing about in the Clyne Gardens. William Graham Vivian purchased ‘Clyne Castle’ in 1860 and lavished time and money on it to reflect his wealth. The estate passed to his nephew Algernon, ‘The Admiral’ in 1921 who owned it until his death in 1952. He had the greatest influence on the gardens as we see them today.He sponsored plant collecting expeditions overseas, and many of Clyne’s rhododendrons still bear their original collector’s numbers. The gardens consist of 19 hectares of land and include over 2,000 different plants including over 800 rhododendrons for which the gardens are renowned. Clyne holds National Collections of Pieris, Enkianthus and Rhododendrons. But I’ll stop there and let the photos tell the story.

And then it was time for lunch overlooking Swansea Bay. Because I had been a good boy and not chased after too many butterflies I was promised an ice cream (see next instalment)

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We were a little too early for the full colour show, but there was still plenty to see.
We were a little too early for the full colour show, but there was still plenty to see.
The Ransoms create quite a show under the developing tree canopy.
The Ransoms create quite a show under the developing tree canopy.
Close up of the Ransom flower
Close up of the Ransom flower
A great place for a cup of coffee. There were plenty of remembrance benches at the  top of the gardens
A great place for a cup of coffee. There were plenty of remembrance benches at the top of the gardens

 

Clyne Castle
Clyne Castle

 

 

The wild flowers were not to be outdone. The Primroses shone whenever the sun came out.
The wild flowers were not to be outdone. The Primroses shone whenever the sun came out.

 

Perhaps my favourite spring flower the Wood Anemone.
Perhaps my favourite spring flower the Wood Anemone.
The Blue Bells also put on a show.
The Blue Bells also put on a show.
Close up of a Blue Bell flower head.
Close up of a Blue Bell flower head.
I even managed to track down this Speckled Wood butterfly, though Aunty was beginning to sigh and tut as I chased him to get the photo.
I even managed to track down this Speckled Wood butterfly, though Aunty was beginning to sigh and tut as I chased him to get the photo.

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And then it was time for lunch over looking Swansea Bay. Good jib we had packed our own, as the servants failed to make an appearance. Then because I had been a good boy and not chased too many butterflies I was promised an Ice Cream afterwards.
And then it was time for lunch over looking Swansea Bay. Good jib we had packed our own, as the servants failed to make an appearance. Then because I had been a good boy and not chased too many butterflies I was promised an Ice Cream afterwards.

 

 

 

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