Winter garden at Coombe Woods

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Bedding plants including winter pansies at the entrance to the wood

The displays of flowers are always excellent at this wood at anytime of the year. The hardy perennials on display in the beds brought a vivid color to the garden.

I asked Terence Meredith, the resident gardener how the plants would cope with hard ground frosts that had been forecast in the coming week? He reassured me that their bedding plants would be fine and that although the daffodils looked delicate they often appeared early thanks to our milder winters.

cat among dafodils

cat among daffodils

One plant that does require protection from the frosts is the banana plant. Terence has built a wooden box about four-foot tall with a tarpaulin cover to ensure the plant grows steadily, so it can appear majestic when it takes its place in the summer garden.

Banana plant

Banana plant

Exploration of the wood showed that the camellias were in bloom, the bright pink leaves brightening up the wooded path.

camellias in bloom

camellias in bloom and potential for more

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