You can tell that the Golfer is more himself, as he has spent time in recent days tidying up the shed ready to untidy it again whilst he puts together a sturdier shelter for whoever is ‘on the gate’ at our open days. The original was an ad hoc construction rigged up at the last minute when we had our first February opening in 2020 when we were faced with a stormy day; modified for openings since then, it is now being resurrected as a planned and fit-for-purpose shelter with a built-in table and sloping roof, designed to be easily erected and dismantled.
The paved area behind the house is the only part of the garden spacious enough for an erection of this size, so today’s first view is a little different from usual (and not clear enough to show tulip foliage emerging in many of the pots). Below, and seen from both directions, the streamside and shrub border are resplendent with the colour of crocus, Tête-à-tête, cornus and glorious Prunus mume ‘Beni Chidore’:
The woodland with its new fence is also discreetly displaying emerging foliage of bluebells, wild garlic and fritillary, the latter, most excitingly, in bud!
From the bothy at the far end you can look out over the main borders towards the back end of the garden, before viewing the same area from ground level at the back of the shed:
Walking through the woodland edge border is a delight, with the carpet of snowdrops punctuated by hellebores:
Out of season, the three bold borders are anything but:
The working greenhouse is quickly filling up, with seedlings joining pots of cuttings, overwintering plants and newer ones bulking up before being planted out; the Winter Sunshine sweet peas are growing well, especially as the weather becomes milder and the days longer:
On to the blue & white borders before continuing through the rose garden (oops, no photo!) and the main borders:
Heading back towards the house past the main snowdrop border, with witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Strawberries and Cream’ at its peak, looking past the construction work towards the structure of the wisteria on the gable end, into the Coop to see what’s flowering and finally to the Coop Corner, where the over-trimmed hellebores and once-shiny foliage of an ailing Clematis armandii make it look relatively bare, despite the valiant efforts of the pink pussy willow:
As has been the case for nearly two years, there is a video to supplement this End of Month View post and give a more rounded picture; the still photographs were taken yesterday, but the original video for some reason failed to upload and a replacement was filmed today. To see the route of the video and the usual points from which the photos are taken, please see the annotated map under The Garden tab above.