Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Tuesday 27 December 2016 – Dunham Massey Winter Garden

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We’ve reported from the Winter Garden on numerous occasions – here.

This was our first visit of this season to the garden, but first….

our relatives in Nantwich provided an excellent Boxing Day party before announcing themselves ‘shattered’ after their various exertions. Having merely provided the odd bit of food, and having caught up on lots of sleep, Sue and I were far from shattered, unlike our sprout dish.

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Luckily, all the left over sprouts had been consumed, closely followed by this lonely morsel of whisky cake.

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So we were well fuelled for a stroll to Dunham Massey beside the glassy canal.

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The park was full of multi-generational families, shiny new bikes and scooters, and a multitude of small dogs. Luckily it’s a large park, with plenty of room for everyone.

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The Winter Garden announced its first snowdrops and daffodils. Sue had forgotten her camera, so the following images are courtesy of my inferior skills (if not lens).

We soon came across this lovely scented daphne, just coming into flower.2705daphne2

Witch hazel, also pictured at the head of this posting, is blossoming nicely at present.2707witchhazel12708witchhazel2

Somebody has been busy washing the trunks of these birch trees - Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'.2712birch1

The bright red branches of Cornus alba Westonbirt are a principal source of colour just now.2717cornusalba4

The tiger bark (Prunus serrula 'Tibetica') is pretty pretty…2718tigerbark

A splash of purple is provided by Callicarpa bodinieri giraldii.2719Callicarpa

Inside the Orangery, there’s a succulent plant with pretty leaves.2723indoor12726indoor4

I suspect this is the first of a number of Winter Garden postings, perhaps a little repetitive with regard to previous years, but bringing a splash of colour to the current pages of this on-line diary.

Enjoy!

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