I think yesterday must have been the perfect day to visit (hordes of people notwithstanding). The famous 55 metre laburnum arch was in full flower, the azaleas and rhododendrons were still well in flower and Embothrium coccineum (Chilean fire bush), scattered around the grounds, looked alight with flowers.
A view towards Snowdonia, from the front of the house.
A view to the lily terrace from the croquet terrace.
The Pin Mill at the head of the Canal Terrace.
Huge pergolas wreathed in wisteria
A Lutyens style bench in an alcove. The steps, when viewed from above, describe concentric circles. Self-seeded Campanula soften the steps.
Wisteria sinensis 'Alba' trained across a wall. Growing in the walls are Lewisia, which you can just about see.
More wisteria and a very opulent viburnum.
The laburnum arch, with lots of people's heads.
We nearly got locked in, we were enjoying the visit so much - the gardnes closed at 5pm, but it was 5:20 by the time we emerged from the Dell. I'll post photos of the Dell in a second post.