PART TWO OF A WINTER GARDEN IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE

So we had just walked through the arch and entered that part of the garden where nature does more or less its own thing, though on the right there is a productive kitchen garden, which put my own to shame when it comes to neatness. And on the left we walked across grass overshadowed by a variety of lovely trees, mostly native to the Uk, and some already fully in blossom.  This is the wilder part of the garden, it is a very important area, thinking of the many bees, bumblebees and other insects which are near extinction, or have decreased in number in recent years, it is good to have an area where they can be undisturbed and feed to their hearts delight. Here is more shadow because of the trees, it is also the quieter part of the garden, where one could sit and read, or just watch nature’s magic happen.

 

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Then in the yet another part of the garden a lot of clearing had been done just recently, overgrowth of roses from a neighboring garden had been removed. In a garden this size there is always some work to do, and this is reflected in the beauty and the variety of the plants.

Here the borders, even though it was so early in the year show a lot of different colors and textures, as reflected in my next collage.  A variety of different Hellebores is to be seen nearer the house.

 

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Ferns, and also Euphorbias make a lovely display.

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The colorful leaves of the Epimedium versicolor are a great ground cover.

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A succulent creeping among the black foliage, the black thin leaves conjure up images of being at the beach looking at some type of seaweed.

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I see boxes for a variety of birds which I am sure they are happy to use, and the white bell-like flowers add a lovely touch, all these early flowers are so important for insects, it is where they get the first nectar of the season which will help them recover after the lean winter months.  All of this has been thought of and planned for.

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 Winter scenting Sarcococca confusa sweet box

Sarcococca confusa or Sweet BoxThis is one more subject that I would like to highlight, it is called Sarcococca confusa or Sweet Box, its scent will delight anyone and perfume a whole area, and its black berries are very attractive too. I am glad that I got to learn about this plant, as one of my future plans is to bring more scent into my own garden.

I’ve really enjoyed my visit to this garden, there is more one could say about what grows there, I have not even touched on the herbs which grow close to the house. Of course as my visit was in winter, I am sure that there is a lot more to see in summer. I am already looking forward to my next visit. I get ideas from visiting other people’s gardens, some of which I will try and use in my own garden. I’m certainly very interested in creating colour for my garden in the winter, it would cheer us all up during those dull and misty days.

My thanks go to Ruth and Colin for their kind permission to use their garden in my blog writing.

 

 

23 thoughts on “PART TWO OF A WINTER GARDEN IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE

  1. I agree that you can get so much from looking around other gardens. And I like you, colour during more of the year would be a bonus.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to Cambridgeshire, Agnes 🙂

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  2. Really appreciate your mention of the bees and insects, as well as the picture of the Epicedium versicolor ground cover. Such low growing, humble plants can have a positively striking effect in a photo and in a garden. Glad you’re soaking up the variety, the possibilities and the beauty of the gardens you’re visiting.

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  3. wonderful tour, thanks for sharing, dear Agnes. This seems to be an enchanted place with a lot of beauty. Every garden needs a place for bees and other insects, that’s for sure. Have a nice day, with hopefully sun in Ireland, kind regards Mitza

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      1. thanks a lot, dear Agnes. Wish I could write like Chechov or some other Russian author. I’m reading a lot of Russian authors and always admire their description of landscapes, people, etc. Maybe it’s a little beginning, hehe

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