Tuesday, 30 January 2018
This is the 'Winter Walk' at Harlow Carr Gardens. At this time of year, even when much of the world looks dull and drab, these borders are absolutely full of colour. There are a few flowers: snowdrops, cyclamen, heathers and hellebores. Most of the colour comes from foliage and the bright stems of shrubs like dogwood. When the sun shines through them, their vibrant colour shimmers like fire and is a delight to behold. Not only that, but the placing of fragrant shrubs like witch-hazel and daphne means that you can explore it all with your nose as well as your eyes. I walked up and down two or three times, just glorying in it all.