We have designed the planting at Langdale to ensure that there is something of interest in each season. But it does have to be said, however successful you are with winter colour, nothing can ever quite beat the joyous feeling of spring colour hitting the garden. Colours can be subtle and sophisticated during the rest of the year, but the colours of spring are joyous and simple – a celebration of the transition from the dark to the light, from the cold to the warm.
An area of the garden that I love at this time of year, and which is improving year on year, is Sally’s Patch, named after our beautiful cat Sally. It is an area of rough grass backed by a dry stone wall planted with a collection of small trees and under-planted with bulbs. Crocuses start the show, they are followed by mixed daffodils (left), and then Fritillaria. First thing in the morning, dew on the grass, mug of tea in hand, it is magic.
In the Woodland Garden the beech hedge is really starting to look like a hedge, seen here (right) with Corydalis ‘George Baker’.