Winter Fragrance at Aberglasney
14 Dec 2007
An exotic fragrance is filling the air in Aberglasney Gardens despite the winter weather. This is down to Daphne bholua, a plant from the Himalayas which can grow at altitudes of more than 10,000ft. It is acknowledged as being one of the most exquisite scents known.
Graham Rankin, Director of Operations at Aberglasney said: “Visitors are bowled over by the scent when they come across these plants. We have 25 or so planted at strategic points around the garden in their various forms. It is without doubt my favourite winter flowering plant. The cultivar ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is by far the most common form available and deservedly so. It is an evergreen with a vigorous upright habit.”
Aberglasney Gardens has been specially planted to ensure year round interest and at this time of year there are still many special plants to be discovered such as the winter flowering Honeysuckle and Camellias, also the Christmas Box (Sarcococca).
Visitors to Aberglasney at this time of year enjoy the traditional festive atmosphere in the Mansion and Gardens. There is plenty to see and savour throughout the grounds and by wandering through the unique Ninfarium housing a wonderful collection of warm temperate sub-tropical plants from all over the world-an incredible experience despite what the Welsh winter weather may be doing outside!
There is also a new exhibition of photographs in the Mansion portraying the progress of the garden development at Aberglasney, including images not previously seen.
Aberglasney’s renowned Gift Shop continues to provide that extra special gift for all the family at Christmas - cards, books and plants. A visit to Aberglasney is a wonderful experience at any time of the year and is only closed on Christmas Day.
Graham added: “If you are thinking of ideas for Christmas presents, what could be nicer than a gift of a Daphne bholua - which we just so happen to stock in the Aberglasney Plant Centre!”
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