Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Wednesday 20 February 2013 – Dunham Winter Garden (3)

Iris reticulata 'Katherine Hodgkin'

Nallo Lady here.  It was half term for my medium-sized friends, Andrew and Kate, so a trip to Dunham was arranged. They introduced me to the ‘log pile’, which proved a good place for some ‘hide and seek’ and chasing one another.  Foxy and nearby rabbit were watching, looking bemused:

Foxy

After a tumble for Andrew, which resulted in a bloodied knee (he was very bravely wearing shorts, as he has all winter!), we headed for the Winter Garden, past the pond, where this robin was enjoying seeds intended for the ducks:

Robin

The characteristics of the wooden sculptures were discussed….

Sculpture by Manchester School of Architecture

…before Kate hunted for the answers to the quiz, whilst I focussed on the flowers. Sadly, since this visit, hungry rabbits have eaten all the flowers and buds of this iris, and, yes, it is slightly out of focus!

Iris reticulata 'Purple gem'

Luckily, the rabbits don’t seem interested in the ‘Katherine Hodgkin’ variety:

Iris reticulata 'Katherine Hodgkin'

During the winter, the coloured bark of the shrubs and trees features prominently – this is Prunus rufa:

Distinctive bark of Prunus rufa

The hellebores are opening rapidly now, but need their heads turning over to see what pattern each has inside:

Helleborus

This primula has come into flower since my last visit…

Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii

As usual, the garden brightens a dull day, and I will visit again very soon…!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ummmmm .... The pictures are amazing. My knee is better now and I hope to see you soon. Love Andrew

Anonymous said...

The flowers are lovely and the robin is cute too. Love Kate xxxx

Trekking Britain said...

Lovely :-)