The Garden where Rainbows Grow…….


Lea Rhododendron Garden, Lea near Matlock, Derbyshire

It is that time of the year when we make our annual visit to Lea Rhododendron Gardens….  and each year it so very different, nature see to that. Some years it is the Azalea that are dominant others the Rhododendron take pride of place. Even the Rhododendrons vary there offering, some years big blousy blooms, other years the more delicate flower heads. Then you have years were the ‘hot’ colours are the strongest and others just cool it down a touch….every year is different

This year the Azaleas appear to have be making up there minds.  Some are on the turn other have yet to burst.

No matter it is still a riot of colours and living up to its Rainbow tag.



I guess the most noticeable change over all they years we have visited is that apart from all the shrubs themselves growing bigger and broader, its is the growth of all the magnificent trees that surround the gardens,… yep we are all getting older.


13th May

(C) David Oakes 2019