Signs of Spring

I had a wonderful walk around NBGW the other weekend, there were so many signs spring is on its way. It was a gorgeously crisp frosty morning, with mist still lingering despite the sunshine.

Shots of the ponds up the Broadwalk

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Silver birch avenue

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I got some great shots of the silver birch avenue, the mist made the white bark look so hauntingly beautiful.

Hellebores

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Snowdrops

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Variegated holly tree (Ilex aquifolium)

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I noticed several clumps of hellebores just waiting to open as soon as the weather warms up a bit more. Dozens of teeny tiny snowdrops were bravely peeking their nodding white heads above the ground, they look so delicate but are as tough as old boots – never judge a book by its cover!

Hamamelis mollis

Hamamelis mollis

Hamamelis up the Broadwalk

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Hamamelis ‘Brevipetala’

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Hamamelis 'Brevipetala'

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane'

Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Primavera’

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Primavera'

The Hamamelis really stole the show however, all the way up the Broadwalk there were shrubs with bare branches except for the ones smothered in small spider-like flowers. Most of them were a vivid yellow, however there was one which was a deep, rich orangey-red colour – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’.

‘Early Sensation’ daffodils

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I saw one patch of ‘Early Sensation’ daffodils, their yellow flowers complemented the various Hamamelis perfectly. I can’t wait for spring to be well and truly here and see the daffodils out in full force – it is the national flower of Wales after all!

Double Walled Garden

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Hornbeam circle

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Black and white

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I love seeing the naked structure of trees in winter, their architectural shapes can bring a garden alive even at the most seemingly dead time of year. I’m particularly in love with the circle of hornbeams (Carpinus betulus) in the Double Walled Garden, it provides such a focal point when all the herbaceous borders are empty.

Bananas in the Double Walled Garden

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Seeing the bananas (Musa) wrapped up for winter never fails to put a smile on my face, especially as they have company for the cold months – can you spot their friends?!

Inside the Tropical House

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There’s always something to see in the Tropical House, a touch of the exotic in the middle of January to banish away those blues!

I am very busy revising for my RHS exams at the moment, which are next week. I will post more when they are over and I am less stressed! For now I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Signs of Spring

  1. Merci beaucoup Becka! I really needed that. As you may see when I post the poem I am working on. For the second time since coming to the south of France (2007) it is snowing! You do give me hope and it is beautiful! 🙂

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