Edinburgh Botanical Garden saw many families wandering through it yesterday afternoon. We joined them. A blue sky and light winter sunshine brought us all outdoors. The garden was full of chatter from people and its resident birds.
I have to confess, despite the comments from my daughter suggesting it was mad that so many people were visiting a dead garden, I do enjoy visiting winter gardens. I love to see the skeleton branches on shrubs and trees. I also love the ‘see through’ aspects they offer.
Yes, perhaps you need to look a little closer to see new plant life emerging for the year but that’s exactly what I do enjoy about visiting them. That and seeing the overall winter structure of the garden including its hedges, walls and buildings.
Water in a winter garden is a huge plus too. On a bright day it reflects wonderful light and on a frosty or cold one the ice adds so much interest too. As I plan to build a new pond this year I was interested in the edges of any areas with water. To be completely honest I am a bit apprehensive about starting it.
Once the weather breaks and the soil is easily dug I’ll get out there and make a start. I know I need to get physically in the space get a ‘feel’ of where I want to go before I can make a master plan. For the moment, I’m just absorbing all spaces I come across in the hope that all my individual thoughts will come together.
Mature tree branches catching sunlight. Hellebores and Iris hug ground. Bulbs and Alpines grown in clay pots plunged into sand filled benches in Alpine House. Pity about the mesh grid protection from human hands.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a series of montages. I’ve enjoyed doing them. They are a great way to share a small flavour of a visit like this. There is another reason I’ve chosen to use them though. I’ll explain more shortly. I had another Garden Visit posting planned. All my photos are uploaded but unfortunately I’m going to have to reconsider my choices and start this one again.
Here’s hoping it was nice with you at the weekend too and you managed to get outside 😀
All photos above were taken at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens on March 7th 2010.