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A winter walk at West Dean Gardens - snowdrops, aconites and a sea of crocuses

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February is not an easy month to find gardens to visit and although many National Trust properties remain open throughout the winter months, offering wonderful opportunities to stride out across open countryside, it was a real joy to visit West Dean Gardens in Sussex this week, to see the structure of this stunning garden so early in the season. Of course the weather helped and I was lucky enough to have clear blue skies (with an ice-cold wind), but the early signs of spring warmed my heart and there were magnificent displays of snowdrops, aconites and best of all - an ocean of crocuses in the walled garden. West Dean opened its doors again at the beginning of the month and is open daily in February from 10.30-16.00. Longer hours later in the season.
Snowdrop lovers won't be disappointed if they stride out here, and there are many other gardens with white gold currently in bloom - click herefor details.
Other notable winter gardens in England can be found through this link. The daffo…

Wordless Wednesday - Alluring Orchids at Kew - catch them while you can!

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Catch the "Alluring Orchids" display at Kew Gardens while you can. On until 8th March in the Princess Diana Conservatory, there are also three more late opening sessions on Thursdays (pre-booking necessary, see Kew website for details) and workshop and orchid nursery tours. You'll also have the chance to see early signs of spring in the rest of the gardens.

Wordless Wednesday - Perfect pergolas at home and abroad

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b And for more garden visit ideas to beat the winter blues, click here.