What the Gardeners have been working on in January:
- The gardeners have been kept busy with the recent ice and snow. We have done our best to keep the paths clear on a daily basis.
- We have really appreciated the wonderfully scented winter shrubs, such as Hamamelis (witch hazel), Daphne and Sarcococca (Christmas box). They will continue to flower throughout January. These can be found in the Wilson Border, The Aviary Winter Bed and the Winter Border.
- The snowdrops are just starting to poke through the soil in the Woodland Walk and we even noticed the first Crocus flower bud on 4th January on the Aviary lawn!
- It is usually in January that we hear the song thrush singing and the woodpeckers “drumming”. Both marking their territories before the spring. If you are lucky, you will see the shy redwings from Scandinavia stripping the red berries off the hollies in the Woodland Walk.