Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A beautiful day at Colesbourne

Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus 'J. Haydn'
- the best of the 'composers'

Dogwood and willow stems

Salix caprea 'Colesbourne' - a free-flowering,
very early pussy-willow, found here.

Will Fletcher's lines of raked leaves snake
 round the paths like an art installation.

Lonicera 'Winter Beauty'

Galanthus plicatus 'Colossus'

Berberis - unknown species/cultivar.
The berries are a superb feature all winter, and must be
very nasty to avoid being scoffed by the birds.

5 comments:

  1. John, Love the snowdrop 'J. Haydn' and wonder how it compares to 'Potter's Prelude' which I think you also have. 'Potter's Prelude' blooms here in November. [I know you are busy, but I couldn't resist. I won't be insulted if you don't have time to respond.]

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  2. John,

    Enjoyed the snow drops. We have a huge private garden nearby they have a snow drop path that has 1000s of snow drops, yet I have never hooked up a visit. maybe I should work on that. I think the leaf path is pretty cool if the wind does not sweep them away.

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  3. @Carolyn: 'J. Haydn' is much superior to PP in flower & vigour etc, as they grow here, but PP flowers well before Xmas and so is useful.

    @Randy: the leaf-lines are only there to assist picking them up to take for composting.

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  4. Very pretty - I like the lines of leaves - and I wish I had a berry bearing berberis instead of one with just savage thorns

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  5. John, Thank you for answering my question, which of course leads to another: is there a cultivar that blooms concurrently with Potter’s that is of finer quality in your opinion?

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