The garden at Ormesby Hall
Wrap up warm and enjoy the beauty of winter. Throughout winter there are lots of preparations going on for the following seasons. Whilst the flowers sleep waiting for spring to arrive, other parts of the garden come into their own. The garden is full of birds which have stayed behind for the winter and some shrubs which go unnoticed during the summer season take centre stage when they drop their leaves in winter and the colour of their branches shines through.
Winter is a great time to see a garden. It is the time when the shape of the garden can be fully seen. The infrastructure and the design is laid out as the bare bones of the garden.
While many of the herbaceous plants will be sleeping through the winter, many plants will be left with seed heads providing winter food for birds, hollow stems which provide architectural interest as well as safe haven for the important overwintering insects. Cobwebs and frost cling to these last standing plants providing beauty in miniature and wonderful photo opportunities. The spring garden is the first area to come alive, starting with snowdrops and the crocus announcing the end of winter and signs of warmer weather to come.