Well, it’s Sunday, so technically this isn’t a Six on Saturday, but I’ve got an excuse: we were late in after a fabulous day, followed by a great evening at the Daffodil restaurant in Penrhiwllan with our friends. After so much rain recently, it was a lovely surprise to wake up to a super sunny day and we took full advantage of the warm sunshine and visited Dinefwr, an interesting National Trust Property, where in addition to a hilltop castle, fantastic period house, deer park, woodland, pond and a formal garden, there was a food festival!
The garden wasn’t really the highlight of the visit and to be honest, I was a bit disappointed by the formal garden – it’s in good order, but I’d describe it as tidy rather than exciting, and it’s best feature was the view beyond into the deer park. However, there were interesting features – I was rather taken by this innovative support for sweet peas – they’ve a way to go to make a full skirt, but it should eventually make quite a spectacle.
A lovely rose, but it wasn’t labelled – I’ve tried a few searches to find the name of this red stemmed beauty, but to no avail – would be grateful for suggestions please!
I think this old tree was a beech – the charming addition to its trunk had children captivated.
Another unidentified rose – it’s clearly a rambler, but I don’t think it’s Kiftsgate as the flowers are double petalled – again, any ideas?
Finally, a view from the top of the castle – it was quite an uphill walk to get to it, but so worth it for the 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, including the Tower Valley
It’s a shame the weather isn’t so good today – we’ve arranged a barbecue and at the moment, the wind and rain are having great fun with the flimsy gazebo we’ve put up in the hope of being able to carry on. Fingers crossed!