The weather for our visit to Harlow Carr this month was different to the weather we encountered at Harlow Carr In January. Last month, there was snow on the ground but the sun put in an appearance. We visited again on Saturday and though it was warmer this time, it was a very dull day. We were lucky really as it had been raining on the way there but had stopped by the time we arrived.
I'd noticed the dogwoods on our last visit but didn't take any photos of them. I put that right this time. It's a stunning display and really catches your eye as soon as you enter the garden.
I associate the bright reds and yellows with dogwoods but they come in this stunning dark colour too.
Hellebores were flowering last month but they're probably at their best at the moment.
Lots of borders are bare right now but there's signs of life as everything is just starting to wake up.
Gunnera is planted at the side of the stream. Have you seen the film Gremlins where the new batch are cocoons waiting to hatch out? That's what the Gunnera plants remind me of in the state they're in now. They die back in winter but can grow to great heights in summer, I shall keep my eye on these plants over the coming months.
The rockery is nice and tidy, not much to see now but I bet it will be stunning in summer.
Irises are springing up all over the gardens, I think this one is Pauline.
Silver Birches are beautiful in winter when you get to see the full beauty of the bark.
I took this photo of an empty bed so that I could watch its transformation over the course of the year. Nothing at all to see at the moment but I'm sure it'll be a different story soon.
The Kitchen Garden looks very different to how it looked last month. Gone is the covering of snow, the raised beds and paths have been spruced up and are all ready to be planted up. A gardener was spreading a mulch on them while we were there.
Some of the beds are still in use and contain winter crops.
The rhubarb, just like my own on my allotment, has started to grow.
The rhubarb bed looked so pretty as growing amongst the plants and forcers are snowdrops and irises.
There's a good selection of snowdrops dotted around the gardens at Harlow Carr.
I should thank Mick for getting down on his knees to take these next photos for me. He very rarely has a camera in his hand but I think he managed some good shots.
There's a big difference in the garden between January and February. Everything was just starting to wake up last month whereas there's more colour this month as well as preparations being in full swing for the year ahead. I wonder what next month will bring.
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