A guest post by Roy Mathias
Harcourt Arboretum lies on lands once owned by the Norman Harcourt family. We went to see the wonderful bluebell woods, and also saw the peacocks descended from those that the Harcourts introduced over 100 years ago.
The bluebells grow in a grove of 300 oak trees planted in 1847. The area is preserved as a small natural ecosystem, with exotic plants removed.
The peacocks are very tame, but they do like to slowly turn as they display their tails.
Here are just a few of the numerous pictures I took of this photogenic subject
The flowering trees included magnolias (below) as well as rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.
A fern coming out of dormancy.
Harcourt has a number of distinct areas — large pines and redwoods, flowering trees, maples, hollys, two ponds, woodland, and a summer flower meadow.
P.S. from Anita: Don’t you want to visit? You really must!