Winter in the garden

A crisp winter morning in the garden with blue skies above the garden clematis covering the patio arches

When we are done harvesting the fruits of our labour in the autumn, having made use of the pears, figs and quince fruit grown here at Greyfriars, our dedicated team of gardening volunteers begin their preparations for the winter weather.

The pots are wrapped to protect them from the cold, fallen leaves are cleared and some are collected to create piles of leaf mulch for use the following year.  

Pots wrapped for winter
Pots wrapped for winter
Pots wrapped for winter

The branches of the robinia, stretched out against a cold blue sky, make it look just as spectacular as it does in the height of summer, when it becomes awash with vibrant colour.

Robinia in the garden at Greyfriars
Greyfriars robinia
Robinia in the garden at Greyfriars

When a grey sky appears overhead in January, we always look to the garden at Greyfriars. The sight of snowdrops is a welcome reminder that spring isn't too far away. 

Snowdrops in the garden at Greyfriars
Snowdrops at Greyfriars
Snowdrops in the garden at Greyfriars

Our volunteer gardeners are on site every Tuesday. Throughout our January and early February closed period, they continue to care for the garden at Greyfriars to make sure it's ready for when we welcome back visitors in February.