a crowd of snowdrops

Photo for the day... A crowd of snowdrops, taken at the Botanic Gardens at Kew

Cold day, winter sun

Very pleased to see some pale sunshine and blue-ish skies today despite temperatures not getting much above zero. Glad of my work boots with extra thick felt insoles, new winter socks, thermal leggings, fleece-lined trousers, long-sleeved thermal top, vest, 100% cashmere polo neck sweater (a chance find rummaging through the wardrobe this morning but a…

Daphne bholua ‘Limpsfield’ at RHS Wisley

Daphne bholua 'Limpsfield', overlooking the glasshouse at RHS Wisley. Scent is so important to the winter garden. Many flowers are almost insignificant (Sarcoccoca for example) but pack a real olfactory punch. Daphne bholua, flowering now, have richly fragrant blossom and as you can see, are quite showy too. This is Daphne bholua 'Limpsfield' - photographed…

Hamamelis – Witch hazel

Hamamelis (Witch hazel) - probably 'Jelena' - a real garden treat with coppery orange flowers in early to mid-winter and orange to yellow and red autumn foliage. A plant grown as much for autumn colour as these frost-resistant, fragrant spider-shaped flowers. They are good specimen plants and are also effective when grown in groups in…

Hillier Winter Gardens

Hillier Winter Gardens "The Winter Garden, which is situated close to the Visitor Pavilion, occupies three acres and containing more than 650 different plants grown for their winter effect. We believe this to be the largest Winter Garden in Europe. It has been planted to show a wide range of plants that are at their…

Long lasting winter colour

Dogwoods, willow and ornamental blackcurrant come into their own in the winter. Place them somewhere low sunshine can catch them and the colours sing. Moist soil preferable though the red dogwood, Cornus alba Sibirica can be more forgiving. Many gardens showcase the jewels of winter gardening. Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire has just opened their new…