Encountered by chance at Plas Newydd in Anglesey — reminded me of the power of rain and light.
These specimens seem so much more robust that the ones in pictures from California but I suspect this has to do with the wonderfully consistent rainfall in North Wales and careful arboriculture since they were planted in the 1950s — just look at the carbon they have sequested in my lifetime!
When we planted our 7000 trees in 2006 we didn’t really realise we were replanting a rainforest — but all the clues were there.
Here is some of the evidence of the rain forest potential of one of the wet western parts of Britain in which we live:
Ferns and lichens and mosses taking advantage of every surface.
Shamrocks, violets, wood anemones and blue bells scrambling to catch the light before it is stolen by the bracken or the tree canopy.
This cool, damp, verdant place bursts with life — these boletus fungi appeared all along the path between aspen and oak in the few days we were away, does anyone know what sort they are?