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.