As expected, the large-flowered magnolias were at their peak, exquisitely beautiful but very difficult to photograph well, with their flowers held high on the canopy against a slightly hazy sky. Smaller magnolias, early rhododendrons and camellias were also flowering well, but the big magnolias stole the show and, unexpectedly, perhaps because it was so mild, scented the air around, so the woodlands were softly fragrant.
|Magnolia sprengeri ex 'Diva'|
|Magnolia campbellii forming a large canopy tree.|
|Labelled "Magnolia hybrid".|
Less unexpected, though I'd never seen them in full glory before, were the vast drifts of Narcissus pseudonarcissus, with areas densely filled with N. cyclamineus and N. bulbocodium var. citrinus as well. Not a Narcissus cultivar in sight, so the beauty of the wild species is unalloyed and the effect is ravishing.
|Unadulterated by cultivars; meadows of Narcissus pseudonarcissus|
|Camellia 'E.T.R. Carlyon'|