January 2021 brought frosty clear weather and beautiful sunsets over Donegal bay. The start of new year and small green buds are starting to peep through – snowdrops and daffodils. Each morning the garden is wrapped in a white frost with sparkling cobwebs delicately hung across the box hedges. The evenings are slowly getting a little longer and mornings a little brighter.
Heralding spring are the emerging snowdrops. They are so welcome especially after the long dark days. These tolerant flowers withstand wind and heavy rain, provided they are protected by deciduous trees. Varieties here include Sir Herbert Maxwell, and Galanthus rizehensis.
In the walled garden the air is filled with the delicious fragrance of DAPHNE BOHOLUA, Jacqueline Postill. This pink flowering shrub, with its almost evergreen leaves, is such a delight to the senses. It is underplanted with emerging Hellebores , and then when their leaves are cut away they will show off their purple/white speckled petaled flowers.