Sunday, 1 February 2015

Hodsock Priory, 1st February 2015


We like to visit Hodsock early in February as well as later in month. Today was increasingly sunny,  the gardens looking in wonderful condition. The visitor experience was well organised with George Buchanan conspicuous and courteous as ever, his father, Sir Andrew, equally conspicuous in his high visibility jacket as he directed the parking.
The winter flowering cyclamen coum is quite a  sight. I have them all over our garden but maybe I need  more sunshine to bring them to their best.

On a cold winter day the log fire is a welcome treat, especially with bacon butty and hot coffee.
Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' is a blisteringly striking shrub when grown well.

The gatehouse is the oldest part of the house.

Viewed from across the lake, Hodsock is a lovely sight.

And finally snowdrops. Galanthus "Magnet" is one of the best varieties one can buy and the well stocked plant sales area had them on sale at a decent price.  I already have the variety in some abundance though I did make my purchase of two hellebores, of which more later.

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