Contributed by Anne Smith

On February 21, 2016

Our Chairman’s garden open

Karin’s garden surrounds an old rectory and has drifts of naturalised snowdrops intermingled with Eranthis hyemalis and Crocus tomasinianus. For the second year she is open by appointment for the NGS in February to see this lovely show. I went to help with the teas this week, luckily in better than expected weather. The predicted sleet did not materialise and we had some blue skies and sunshine. Two groups from the U3A had visited, one Wednesday and one Thursday. Karin showed them round while I sorted out the teas and cake. Karin’s garden has many choice galanthus as well as the naturalised ones. Also flowering were many different coloured hellebores. Arum italicum in varying leaf forms, a Cornus mas almost out, Cyclamen coum, hepatica, sarcoccoca, ferns, coloured stems of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ and structural seed heads of plants such as sedum and miscanthus all combine to make up a huge variety of interest in the winter garden.
Of course this is all building for the HPS Kent group Snowdrop and Hellebore Day at Goodnestone Park on Sunday 28th February where we can be further tempted by the nursery and HPS Kent members’ plant sales tables. There will be many plants for winter interest and of course snowdrops and hellebores! See details on our website.

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