Winter Garden

The area next to the cottage is sheltered by a lovely old brick wall which was part of the original farmyard of Marlpit Farm.  It is overgrown with ivy and wisteria and has a Magnolia grandifolia in the corner.  This patch of garden faces south and is protected on two sides.  It is a perfect place for a winter garden and in March (as in this picture) it is graced with hellebores, Pulmonaria, Hyacinths & daffodils.  There are snowdrops too but they are over by March.

There are plants of interest at other times of the year e.g. the Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) and Abelia × grandiflora but it is best in the spring.

The winter garden is also good for wildlife.  Not only are there many bee-friendly flowers but the ivy covered wall is an excellent place for insects like the vanessid butterflies to hibernate and for small birds to shelter in overnight in the winter.

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