This week I had a walk around the Valley Gardens by Virginia Water. This is part of the 'Royal Landscape', an area of landscaped parkland and gardens in the southeast corner of Windsor Great Park, which is owned by the Crown Estates. I have visited these gardens a number of times over the past few years, and have always been a little too late to witness one of the most spectacular displays of azaleas in the famous 'Punch Bowl'.
This year I was there just at the right time to see this amazing display.
The Punch Bowl is a natural amphitheatre in the landscape which has been planted with thousands of Kurume azaleas.
Having walked a couple of miles around Virginia Water we were ready to tuck into our picnic and found a shady seat on the side of the valley to enjoy our food...
It was a glorious sunny day which showed the flowers at their best!
We walked down into the valley for another view of this riot of springtime loveliness.
The Punch Bowl is not the only part of the gardens planted with azaleas. Elsewhere there are more abundant displays of rhodedendrons, camelias and here,
this pretty little bridge flanked by bluebells.
Springtime at it's best!