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A Visit to Powis Castle

By Ozhene @papaver

Gosh how wonderful to go on a garden visit again, it now feels even more of a treat than it already did and especially as this visit was part of a weekend away. I have wanted to visit Powis Castle for many years. I do not know where I thought it was, but only in the last year or so did I realise I drove pretty much past it on a fairly regular basis. This meant that a visit really did have to happen.

A visit to Powis Castle

The weekend was due to be a stormy one, but the Friday was sunny and so a perfect day for a visit. We booked ahead as is the current process and arrived there in time for lunch. Everything was nice Covid-safe and so it felt comfortable.

A visit to Powis Castle

I think it is fair to say that Powis is known for its yews. The castle gardens have retained much from their 17th century origins including these Baroque style hedges where many others would have had this swept away by the later fashions such as Capability Brown and beyond. The gardens at Powis have been updated through the years but always sensitively and retaining their strong character.

A visit to Powis Castle

The 14 metre tall yew hedge is a thing of wonder. It has that delightful bumpy look that old yew hedges have. Just think about all those rickety ladders gardeners would have used in the past to clip this and think about how health and safety regulations are there for a reason now.

A visit to Powis Castle

The castle stands high above the gardens and terraces lead you down through it.

A visit to Powis Castle

The views across the gardens and beyond into the landscape are stunning.

A visit to Powis Castle

The Aviary Terrace is fronted by this row of statues. Now you all know I like a good statue and these all have a built in animal companion.

A visit to Powis Castle

Isn't this dog wonderful?

A visit to Powis Castle

There is so much to see here. There are green sweeps of lawn.

A visit to Powis Castle

Beautifully domed shaped apple/fruit trees line the paths.

A visit to Powis Castle

We spent a moment enjoying the gates with their dragon guards.

A visit to Powis Castle

I also had a moment of bench-envy.

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.... every angle.

A visit to Powis Castle

and whilst much of the garden is formally planted, on the wooded path back to the car park you find naturalised leucojum;

A visit to Powis Castle

and some stunning rhododendrons.

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