The wintry country air was fresh and invigorating and it was blissful to be out and about in the garden and enjoy what the nature has to offer at a leisurely pace.
As Victor only bought the place last summer so he has yet to find out the full extend of the plants planted in the garden by the last owners according to seasons and it will be some time before he puts his own stamp and style on the whole landscape. I enjoyed all of it as it is including the bare branches of the trees and the cut-back bushes at this time of year for nature has its charm in each season and throughout the four seasons.
who would have thought there is such a gem hidden behind the hedges
Victor welcomes us to his garden
what a beauty!
it is hard work tending to a garden of such size…
Victor hard at work
ha was all over the garden
a welcomed help in the form of good friend Alistair
in addition to the landscaped garden and the greenhouse, there is a woodland just beyond the garden that makes up the 6 acres of land.
the other side of the garden
Victor was proud to show me his vegetable patch that is taking shape
Can I show you what I have discovered in the garden?
lichen – Victor said you get lichens when the air is really fresh…
When I went round and saw all of the flowers blooming, all I could think of was they were the signs of spring!
spring is in the air…
various shades of primrose
glory of the snow / chionodoxa
various shades of hellebores
pieris japonica / japanese andromedas
european cornel / cornus mas
even when not in flowering season, these foliage are attractive in their own way…
the lovely scented ones
the exotics — at least to me 🙂
silk tassel bush / garrya elliptica
the male and the female
other discoveries — a study on texture…
Here ends a journey of discovery and enlightenment in an amazing English garden over a weekend with fond memories of the chilly but fresh wintry air, the melodious bird songs, the whispers of the trees and the flowers, my getting lost in it all without a care in the world (until I regretted not having a pair of gloves with me!) AND the warm hospitality extended to me.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
(end of part 3 of 3)