January 2018 at Colby Woodland Garden

Gardening team in action at Colby

Now the Christmas holidays are over, it's time to think about the new 2018 season here at Colby Woodland Garden.

Winter work continues

We have a few short weeks to get the garden up to its best before the daffodils, snowdrops and winter flowering shrubs all begin to take centre stage. The smell of Hamamelis mollis or Chinese witch hazel fills the air if you are fortunate enough to happen upon the small grove of them that we planted three years ago in the West Woods. 

The smell of Chinese witch hazel fills the air
Close-up of Chinese witch hazel
The smell of Chinese witch hazel fills the air

Natural play

Our team of volunteers have also been busy clearing along the stream's edge. This has become a key element in providing natural play areas for our visitors with people spending hours with our ducks and nets in the stream. It’s a warming sight to watch families damming up small sections during the warmer months and playing with what nature has provided.

Strimmers, loppers and staying warm

As for the rest of the month, it will be more of the same. Strimmers and loppers at the ready with the occasional fire to warm our cold fingers and toes and one eye on February half-term when our shop will open its doors for the first wave of visitors.