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Holehird Gardens in February: 3 things to look out for when you visit:
- We can't guarantee you will see this Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' highlighted by snow every time you visit, but you will not be able to miss its stunning scent. It greets you as you approach the Walled Garden from any direction. Look closely at the seemingly delicate pink flowers which survive even the harshest conditions.
- The whole garden and surrounding landscape look magical under a blanket of snow, with shapes picked out sharply against the bright background. Even without the bonus of snow, winter is a good time to look closely at trees and shrubs and enjoy some of the intricate barks which seem to become more prominent without the distraction of foliage. Worth seeking out are two specimens along the upper drive: the walnut tree Juglans regia with its dark, deeply furrowed bark and, close by, the tulip tree Liriodendron tulipifera which looks almost as if it has been knitted.
- To escape the cold outside, look inside the Walled Garden Display House with its central display of succulent plants, alongside other more permanent features. Look out for Aeonium canariensis and Euphorbia cristata among many interesting examples. This is the second winter for the Display House, and we are benefitting from an increased knowledge about which plants adapt best to the environment. Shading was added in the summer and the watering regime has been adapted to accommodate the needs of different plants. As gardeners, we never stop learning!