Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy – and Bluebell

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The Isabella Plantation is an ornamental woodland garden within Richmond Park and it is ablaze with colour at the moment with rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells at their very best.

Pink and orange, red and white, yellow and blue, yellow and orange, orange and blue, purple and red – hot clashes and cool combinations. Probably the best show these gardens have put on in the dozen or so years I have been coming here. Alternatively, I’ve just chosen the right weekend to visit.

The reference to Snow White is relevant, in that there is a series of Rhododendron Yakushimanum hybrids, vibrant, low growing, tolerating more sun, of these same names, all present in these gardens. I have ‘Grumpy’ at home, but this will be a present for ‘Grumpy Gramps’ later in the year. Schh…

More information on the Royal Parks and the Isabella Plantation at

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