A Garden in the Hills

We often visit our gardening friends, William and Linda and their garden up in the hills where it is often colder and windier than here lower down in our garden. In between our visits William and Linda visit us and our garden, so we share each other’s gardens.

In late February we made our first visit of the year and there was plenty of interest for us to look at beneath the gloomy winter skies. The narcissus and cyclamen below certainly attracted our attention. Narcissus Rijnvelds Early Sensation and Cyclamen mirabile.

I chose these three cyclamen plants for their different foliage markings. Cyclamen foliage is so intricate and each leaf is different and equally fascinating.

Carrying on wandering along a meandering pathway we found more little cameos to photograph along the way -foliage, flowers and dried stalks and seed heads.

Surprises wait for us around every corner, the yellow of a Witch Hazel, the tiny fuschia flowers and at the other end of the scale the colourful bark of an old eucalyptus.

Beauty can also be surprising, an orange-red cowslip, a rare scilla and a yellow-edged deep mauve primula flower.

We were delighted to find more cyclamen, a white flowered one and another with long slender foliage.

A great way to finish off is with a photograph of a newly constructed dead hedge, a fine example of recycling green and brown materials.

We will return again soon and find even more delights and surprises.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

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