A Winter’s Tale – Part 3

Well, it seems that Winter has finally decided to put in an appearance at Chartwell! The temperature here is set to remain at 1 degree Centigrade or below all week, and today all of us gardeners have been working hard out in the snow all day long! But don’t worry, we’ve all got our thermals on and cups of hot soup on the go and to be honest it’s good to experience some proper winter gardening again!

So as January comes to a close and we head into potentially the final month of the Winter season, it seems appropriate to have an updated look at what has been happening in the new Chartwell Winter Border since we last blogged about it back at the start of the year. There is much to marvel at along the border right now. There are the coloured stems of the various dogwoods for instance, the beautifully scented flowers of the Sarcococca, Daphne and Hamamelis, some colourful foliage of the Heucheras and Lamiums, all sorts of bulbs popping their head above the soil and much, much more. In fact, it is the sort of border that reveals more of itself as you walk along it. Viewing from a distance really doesn’t do it justice. The pictures below are just some of the highlights you can expect to see the next time you come and visit us:

This Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold' is in its full, fragrant glory right now...

...while the other Witch Hazels such as this Hamamelis vernalis are also looking great.

Bulbs such as these Aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) and Snowdrops (Galathus nivalis) really brighten up the border.

Heathers like this Erica carnea 'December Red' can be found at the top of the border.

The leaves of this Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' are stunning at the moment.

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' is the pick of the dogwoods right now.

Symphocarpus x doorenbosii 'Mother Of Pearl' has these amazing pink berries.

Hellebores of all colours can be found the whole way along the border.

The Camellias have been in flower for some time now...

...and even the Pulmonarias are out in bloom!

These Iris danfordiae are the first of the early Spring bulbs to show their faces.

Now, while the Winter Border is looking good right now, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty more to enjoy in the gardens at Chartwell when you next come to visit, as these pictures below go to show…

This Mahonia japonica makes a perfect partner for its single pink Camellia neighbour in the Old Croquet Lawn borders...


...while this Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) on the Kitchen Garden banks looks and feels fantastic.

Jamie

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