Friday, 17 February 2012
Then on Thursday Sunningdale Garden Centre for one of our programme of talks"Take the backache out of Gardening". These talks are always fun to do and the Sunningdale crowd are a great audience. Diane - Coffee Shop Supervisor -created some wonderful canapes, all from foods that are certain to help with aches and pains. Certainly they were very well recieved and set the tone for a lively and positive morning. That's what I love about gardeners they are positive people - always looking to the future.
By midday yesterday the heavens had brightened up, it was a mild day anyway, so I could not resist the opportunity to take a trip up the road from Sunningdale to Savill Garden. This is one of my favourite gardens at any time of the year and I particularly wanted to take a look at the Winter Beds which were redesigned and replanted relatively recently. Being half term there were loads of cars in the car park but Savill was as serene as ever. The colours from the winter stems were spectacular and early bulbs such as snowdrops, dwarf iris and the bright yellow Narcissus bulbocodium were a welcome sight. I was particularly taken by Cornus sanguinea Anny's Orange (without the golden yellow of Midwinter Fire) and Hedera 'Sulphur Heart' planted as groundcover studded with a sapphire blue dwarf iris. Winter flowers such as hamamelis and sarcococca were showing the effects of last weeks frost but they still perfumed the air. Snow seems an age ago but in places there were still patches on the ground.