Always a delight to visit, the gardens at Burton Agnes (on the road to Bridlington from York) are now bursting with spring vigour.  Down in the colour garden, the magnolias have pride of place at the moment. All the more stunning as their blooms are so large and the tree is otherwise almost without leaf: there’s no distraction from its ‘look at me, I’m gorgeous!’ persona. The blossoms remind me of meringues – they’re almost challenging you to take a bite. If you find the magnolia too forward, there are plenty of other, more modest, plants to appreciate. These include the recently planted vegetables, liking the warmth but really hoping for some rain.

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