One of the best things about this time of year in the UK is the abundance of spring flowers that battle their way through the cold wet earth. In my garden the hellebores have been flowering since Christmas, the snowdrops all through February, and the daffodils popped out as March poured in. This is something of a miracle as I was sure my little puppy had destroyed them all with her frantic digging. But thankfully they survived her and Storm Doris.
In the park opposite my little bungalow there are banks of snowdrops growing beside a stream, clumps of crocuses among the trees, and a touching display of daffodils that appeared in 2010 spelling out, “Will You Marry Me?” I walk my dog there every day.
But for a really impressive display I have to go a little further into the Cotswold countryside and take a walk around the Rococo Gardens at Painswick or Colesbourne Park.
This year the road taken had to be meticulously planned and carefully executed as my husband came with me to both places. He has been using a wheelchair for the last 18 months due to his medical conditions and the debilitating effects of his treatment. But over the last two months he has made great progress and started walking indoors with some mobility aids. He has done so well that I was determined to take him to see the snowdrops. This would be his first walk in the great outdoors. It was a bit difficult in some places due to uneven ground or slopes, but together we did it. Fortunately there were lots of places to rest on the road taken. It was a lovely afternoon out for us both.
Leaving my husband to rest on a seat in the Rococo Gardens, I wandered down a gravel path and came across a most unusual sight. A fairy castle inspired by Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria was carved on top of a fallen birch tree. According to the label it was created by chainsaw sculptor, Denius Parson. It really was impressive.
I was joined on my walk, as I often am, by a friendly robin. I enjoyed the sights as he hopped about bending his head to watch me. There were banks of snowdrops in every direction, with little clumps of cyclamen and hellebore dotted about, and daffodils just beginning to show.
Enjoy my spring photos from the Rococo Garden. It was dull and drizzly and the sun was setting by the time we left but the photos show the abundance of snowdrops …