As you have read in my previous post, I do like auriculas in old pots! I only have several plants of the same two varieties, but these are better than having none. The auricula plant is as tough as old boots, mine stay outside in their pots, come rain, shine, frost and snow, and they still come back to life, showing themselves in their full glory in the Spring.

Another one of my plans for the future is to have an auricula theatre, and to build up a collection of some of the more unusual varieties. There is a plethora of beautiful specimens out there to be had.

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The picture above is of an auricula theatre we saw when we visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales, although we visited in the summer, so the theatre was showcasing a marvellous display of geraniums! If any of you are lucky enough to be in the Carmarthenshire area of Wales, this is definitely a place to visit.

The gardens stretch over 500 acres of beautiful countryside, in the site of the old Middleton Estate, a Regency parkland whose gardens, lakes, woodlands, undulating hills and wildflower meadows provide a variety of habitats and microclimates for plant and animal life to thrive.


BumbleVee said...

isn't this the strangest thing... I have a cousin in Carmarthenshire ...

however, he is a bit on the strange if I ever do go that far..I will find a B & B.... lol...

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful, and has been added to my(long)list of places to visit.

Threadspider said...

I don't know why this picture makes me smile, but it does. I think it's the almost child like simplicity of the plants. Lovely.

shadows and clouds said...

hello there and happy new year! that photo made me grin too - like i imagined that with them all neatly and proudly lined up in their little theatre, i almost expected them to burst forth into floral song!!!

just got back from the break and catching up on reading all your lovely posts!

Cowboys and Custard said...

Will you be opening your theatre to the public?
If so can I come and visit please?
I love auriculas and they fascinate me.. they look so perfect ... almost artificial and the colour variation is extraordinary.
My mother bought one for my father at the Country Living Fair in London years ago and carried it home on the train .. it survived the journey I am glad to say!

Anonymous said...

Plethora! What a wonderful word! I love the pictures too Louise they are lovely! Ooooh! I have the hiccups! :o) I haven't had those for years and years. I think I'm supposed to stand on my head and hold my nose and wave my legs about.....sounds dangerous but I'll give it a go!
Can I vote twice? I can't decide between snowdrop and daffodil. :o)

Anonymous said...

Primroses are so lovely ... does Elizabeth Bradley do a needlepoint of them? I think I have seen that she does and your post reminds me that I want to do that pillow someday.

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise,
What an interesting post and a great idea for a theatre. When my ariculas come into bloom I will have to see what varieties I have and then maybe we could do a aricula swop!
Sara from farmingfriends

VP said...

Hi Louise - these are such fun aren't they!

I've also given you a thank you like Threadspider, I should have realised she'd got in there first.I hope you don't mind a double whammy, because I've so enjoyed your comments and encouragement and wanted to thank you.

Matron said...

I have seen an auricula theatre at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr in Yorkshire. There is a wonderful 'gardens through time' exhibit there, well worth visiting if you are up there. Just 5 mins from Harrogate.

Anonymous said...

"While your making a visit"

You mean "While you're making a visit" or "While you are making a visit".

"Your" and "you're" have different meanings. For example "Your garden is nice", "You're a gardener".