We had a successful event at our Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza at Goodnestone last Sunday.
It was bitterly cold with a keen wind but it didn’t rain and the sun did manage to make an appearance on occasion. In previous years I’ve taken photographs of the garden at Goodnestone but, because there weren’t the best conditions for photography, I went looking for some more unusual shots. The gallery below will show you what I came up with! Because the season this year is so advanced the many varieties of snowdrop that we grow were past their best, which made me realize that Galanthus nivalis flowers much later. Tim Ingram pointed out that he always considers snowdrop time as being late February and thinks that this is because drifts of G. nivalis in woods and churchyards are his first memory of snowdrops and that’s when they would have been flowering. Interesting thoughts!
Winter is always a time to appreciate the silhouettes of bare trees but I also found some bare hydrangea stems with unusual shapes and some dried out flower heads – how did they manage to stay dry with so much rain? Two unusual shrubs caught my attention, one with similarities to honeysuckle and another which looked like a viburnum. Take a look and see if you can identify them.