It hasn’t been a bad winter so far in the Vale. Thankfully no repeat of the desperately cold temperatures of 2010, and late winter bulbs are already flowering reminding us that spring is just round the corner.
Snow in mid January blanketed the ground and halted any activity in the garden for a few days. But we’re back on the case now, developing the last area destined for borders complete with miniature maypole to mirror the real one in the village, and a raised viewing platform to give views over the garden and surrounding countryside.
Many of the trees & shrubs in the Woodland Garden were selected & positioned to catch the morning sun in winter and to be back-lit by the setting sun in summer. The best time of day in winter is around 10:30am when the sun moves out from behind nearby trees causing the red stems stems of Acer davidii ‘George Forrest’ to glow. Minutes later the lime green stems of Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ and the bright red stems of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ & Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’ burst into colour too (left).