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Winter is beautiful in the gardens!

Winter has finally arrived but the gardens remain quite beautiful. The evergreens provide elegant structure, the hollies are covered with red and yellow berries, and the blue sky is almost iridescent, however it’s the flowers that catch everyone’s eye.

You’ll see many flowers including old fashioned friends such as camellias and hellebores, but there are also many less well known delights to discover.

Our ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ daffodils have been blooming since late December and will soon be followed by the heirloom Narcissus pseudonarcissus. These may be called Lent Lilies but it’s clear they don’t always wait for Lent. Look up and you’ll likely see one of my favorite winter blooming trees, Prunus mume, in full bloom. Our’s are still young but will soon grow into lovely trees covered with flowers in shades of white, pink and deep rose. While these are all lovely it’s the clumps of tall purple iris in full bloom that have triggered the most questions. We don’t know which variety they are but it doesn’t really matter – they were a welcome gift from one of our volunteers. We expected them to bloom a second time in the fall – but in January? What a surprising winter treat!
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