Although it's near to home, I first visited Lea Gardens, near Matlock, Derbyshire, just few weeks ago at the beginning of April. I'd decided before visiting to indulge in a season ticket, to be able to return and see the gardens as they changed throughout the next few months - and I'm so glad I did.
Last weekend we went back for a second visit, and I was amazed at how much difference those few weeks had made.
The gardens specialise in rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, with plants filling almost every inch of space.
The winding maze-like paths lead down the hillside and seemingly round every corner is a new riot of colour waiting to be seen, with flowers ranging in colour from white through pale pinks and lilacs to dark reds and bright yellows.