Snow at Llangollen!

Emailed to me on Monday, January 25, 2021 – two highly atmospheric photographs of Llangollen. In the distance, Dinas Brân, under a truly beautiful sky, on its mountaintop.

And – of course – a photograph of Plas Newydd looking very wintery under its blanket of snow.

There’s something very inviting, seeing the dark woodwork and white facade peppered with snow on the roof and across the bushes and grass.

Lisette Davies, gardener at Plas Newydd, emailed these and is happy to share with you how the estate looked early this week. I’m hopeful that we will hear more from Lisette, as her plans and projects for the gardens of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby begin taking shape!

Lisette is especially interested in hearing from anyone with hints or knowledge about the gardens of surrounding estates, like Chirk Castle or Erddig Hall. I have a suspicion, too, that Eleanor and Sarah potentially exchanged seeds, cuttings, ideas, and thoughts with people from farther afield — I’ve seen a great deal of garden “chatter” in letters between Smith family members.

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