End of January: the Joys of a Garden in Winter

In yesterday’s post I tried to convey the glow of some of the witch hazels in conjunction with the nearby cornus stems, but failed, perhaps a combination of the 2D experience and a reduction in file size to save space on the blog. Hopefully the end of month video linked to this post will give a better impression and at least a little insight into some of the joys that can be found in a winter garden. The witch hazels may be at their peak, but the snowdrops and hellebores are some weeks off and there are other treats to come too. For now, let’s whizz round the garden at the end of January, starting with the usual views from the back of the house, above and below:

The above area seen far from the far end:

The woodland, evidence of bluebells, wild garlic and other bulbs visible to my eyes, if not yours:

The main borders and clematis colonnade from the bothy and from ground level:

The woodland edge border, from both directions:

The three bold borders, barely worth a glance at the moment:

The nursery beds and inside the working greenhouse:

The blue & white border and rose garden, with little obvious activity:

Through the realigned main borders and back through the woodland via the new ‘seldom travelled’ path, where subtle planting additions are proving successful:

Past the special snowdrop border with lots of little beauties bobbing about and more still to come:

Looking back at the house and seeing how attractive a naked wisteria can look:

And finally down to the Coop and the Coop Corner before returning to the warmth for a cup of tea and piece of cake, enjoyed perhaps whilst watching the end of month video which you can see here…

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15 Responses to End of January: the Joys of a Garden in Winter

  1. FlowerLady says:

    It’s exciting to imagine your gardens once again filled with much beauty. Right now they look pretty bleak, but pretty soon they will be bursting with glorious colors, scents, etc.

  2. Paddy Tobin says:

    I have found it difficult to photograph the witch-hazels. There is no problem taking shots of the flowers but difficult to shoot the whole plant, especially those with reddish flowers. The yellows stand out well but it is difficult to find a good background to show off the darker reds.

    • Cathy says:

      That is a good point, Paddy – there’s certainly nothing like standing in front of them, although I think the video is a close second!!

  3. Annette says:

    There‘s joy to be found in every season and your garden is already full of spring promise, Cathy, one more thing to cherish 🙌

  4. epione says:

    OMG!, i never realized how much gardening space you actually have! i cannot wait to see it awaken in the spring. hush, hush darling … (thank you for sharing!)

    • Cathy says:

      I wonder if it looks more than it is, as there are several different ways to walk round the garden…! 😉 Glad you enjoyed the visit

  5. Cathy says:

    Your garden is very charming in winter Cathy. I didn’t expect a video with it being so damp and chilly. You deserved that cuppa afterwards! Lovely to get close up views of all the different areas.

    • Cathy says:

      LIke the EOMV post, I feel it is important to record the garden as it is, whatever the time of year. I might also do a video on what would have been our Feb opening day, showing the highlights in more detail

  6. Pádraig says:

    I can imagine myself walking about the different areas of the garden,especially the sunken section with all the raised beds. Video is great too.

    • Cathy says:

      I am glad you can imagine yourself rambling around the garden too, Padraig. The garden slopes from side to side and from top to bottom and definite changes in level makes movement around the garden easier. The sunken bit started as literally just that – a square hole in the ground, as a feature, but it was obvious from the start that it looked pretty stupid, so was gradually widened and opened out over the years and looks all the better for it!

  7. Cathy the photos of your garden are divine as the garden, I love it. Thank you very much for the video: it is walking through your magnificent garden and being able to appreciate all its beauties, I love it. Witch hazel in its maximum splendor, they are divine and they are the protagonists of the garden, I love them and I love them all. Cornus is very special together with witch hazel, I love it. The snowdrops are wonderful, I love them. Hellebore in bloom are lovely and there are so many throughout the garden, I love them. Hyacinths have begun to bloom at the Coop: what a lovely perfume, I really like it. The forest fascinates me and I admire all the ferns scattered around the garden. Cathy your garden is sensational and captivating to be in winter, full of color and greenery. Enjoy it! Cathy take good care of you and the golfer and keep you safe. Have your cup of tea while enjoying your wonderful garden through the window. A hug. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  8. Chloris says:

    Lovely to have a trip round your winter garden, I wish I could do it in person.

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