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There are some wonderful sights in the garden in January as we work feverishly towards opening on Saturday 1st April.
Always a pleasure as we start a new year are the Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) with yellow, orange and red flowers especially if they are back-lit by the soft low winter sunlight. Today their wonderful scent drifts across the garden and vies with the intoxicating Sarcococca (Sweet Box).
Most of the fruits have now been consumed by the birds, but there is one option with tremendous staying power. The Crab Apple Red Sentinel which has been displaying its fruit since October and will continue well into 2017. We often still have red fruit when it flowers in May. It can be grown as a free standing tree, but is more practical trained as an espalier as we do.