New beginnings at The Weir

Dramatic winter skies above the River Wye

It's a brand new year and the garden slowly begins to reawaken after a long winter's sleep. Signs of life begins to show, with greenery reappearing and nature preparing for the warmer weather.

The snowdrops scattered throughout the garden offer a wonderful display with their tiny white buds, delighting visitors both old and young, they usually being to bloom in January which is a welcome sight by many. Crocuses also begin to make an appearance the following month, bringing splashes of pink to the winter garden.

Snowdrops in the wintry sunshine
Snowdrops at The Weir Garden
Snowdrops in the wintry sunshine

As the weather gets warmer inlate February, sunny spots attract Ladybirds, take a closer look and see how many spots you can count. There are several varieties of Ladybird, see how many different ones you can see on your visit. Keep an eye out for circling birds of prey too, such as Buzzards and Sparrowhawks as they begin establishing territories this month. In the garden, birdsong gets louder as the Chaffinches, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes begin looking for mates.

Keep your eyes peeled for tiny beasties in the garden
A close up shot of a ladybird on a tree
Keep your eyes peeled for tiny beasties in the garden

We are open every day from Saturday 18 January onwards, why not follow natures journey month by month? You'll be amazed by what you find and see, nature is simply incredible. 

The waterfowl stay throughout the changing seasons
Duck sits overlooking the Weir river.
The waterfowl stay throughout the changing seasons