We’ve had some fantastic weather these last few days, with frosty starts and sunny, clear skies. I’ve started my Front Garden project and have been pruning some of the largest trees and grinding them down.
Already it is feeling brighter out there. But since it is the weekend I couldn’t help myself suggesting that we nip over to Anglesey Abbey, the week before the snowdrop festival starts, to skip round the wonderful Winter Walk (OK, so I’ve been listening to the Michael Bublé song of the title, hence the need to skip).
Unlike last year, when they actually moved the festival forward because the aconites, snowdrops, irises and hellebores were out so early, there were very few flowering bulbs in evidence, just a small scattering of snowdrops. However, when the sun is shining that doesn’t matter, because the walk is really more about seeing marvellous colour and textures from the barks (cherries, acers, cornus, rubus and salix), grasses (miscanthus, carex, ophiopogon) and evergreens (euonymus, ruscus, mahonia and garrya), as well as experiencing tantalising scents (viburnum, sarcococca, hamamelis, chimonanthus etc.) and discovering revealed structures (sculptures, architecture and hard-landscaping).
I know that I’ve written about the Winter Walk and it’s development before, so I thought that I would simply offer up some of the frosty photos that I took this morning instead.
Hope that you enjoy them!