Winter in the gardens

sunrise on frosted vineyard chilworth manor surrey garden photographerRound here in Guildford, it seems as though there haven’t been many properly frosty, frozen mornings this winter. Perhaps they’re on their way later than we’ve been expecting… The down-time of late winter brings a bit of a slower pace, which I enjoy more than I used to – I look forward to the return of the light, and the new growth in the garden. This is valuable replenishing time for people and plants alike! I wouldn’t be able to do this job if I didn’t think I was able to be useful to people, and so it gives me time to think about what I do and why, and to plan ways in which I can be productive and helpful through the year.

I used to think that there was little to be enjoyed through the winter, but – although they might not shout as loudly – there are plenty of quietly beautiful elements in the garden waiting to be found.

deep frost on winter vine

melting ice and frost on hellebore at RHS Wisley Gardens Woking Surrey

I was wandering around RHS Wisley Gardens when I spotted this hydrangea skeleton dripping with melted ice like the most beautiful chandelier… I am obsessed with it <3

melting ice on a hydrangea skeleton seedheads with frost in morning sunlighthydrangea skeleton with beads of melting ice macro garden photography

A morning photographing around the gardens at Chilworth Manor found a few wintery delights too. I love the contrast of textures, light and dark in this picture.

snowdrops with fern garden textures in wintersnowdrop galanthus with melting ice and frost, hydrangea seedhead in sunlightwitch hazel caught in a shaft of winter sunlightcatkins in a woodland garden in Guildford, Surrey garden photographercream hellebores on woodland floor detail of hellebore flowers in sunlighthydrangea seedhead caught in dramatic sunlight in winter

The dormant vineyard at Chilworth Manor still has spectacular structure in the winter.

A viticultural demonstration to teach about checking for vine health.

(By the way, a flying visit north didn’t yield any snow either – appropriately, a morning at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead offered fairly Baltic temperatures outdoors, though!).

view of the tyne bridge Newcastle at sunset from high bridges, millennium bridge towards BALTIC centre Gateshead with frost

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