Things really start to get interesting in the garden again about now. I wonder if it’s all the rain that has made the first berries so spectacular this year?
The Viburnum rhytidophyllum (leather leaf) has been a sight to behold with bright red, almost shiny berries; and a little further West towards the hotel the huge Berberis (parviflora?) is really beginning to make a show. We are not sure exactly what type it is and are still working on it. I guess it was planted when Gliffaes was built or in the early days of Gliffaes around the turn of the last century.
I have been waiting patiently for one of my favourite trees to flower and more importantly to berry….and it’s nearly there – the Clerodendrum trichotomum first gives us small Jasmine-like flowers, followed by pretty pink capsules, as shown here. Soon, it will be a riot of fuchsia and blue berries – watch this space and I will report as they come out!
In the same bed is another small tree, the pretty Cornus mas (cornelian cherry). Its “cherries” are just beginning to turn red now and you can see both of these small trees just next to the courtyard.
The Flame creeper (Tropaeolum speciosum) planted by my Grandfather, Sam Brabner, is looking fantastic. It is a very special twining climber, which we are extremely lucky to have. It has bright blue fruits surrounded by deep red calyces and I will be happy to show it to anyone who would like to see it!
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
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Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.