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Things to look out for at Holehird Gardens in the Winter

Winter is a super time to visit Holehird Gardens, with shorter days that can often offer clear skies and snowy scenes to enjoy. At this time of year the bark of trees such as the Betula, Acer griseum, Junglans regia and the glowing stems of Cornus 'Midwinter Fire' offer interesting colour, texture and structure to the gardens.

Take a walk to the Winter Border at the end of the Upper Drive, you will find a mass of colour in the plants growing here. The Witch hazel Hamamelis x intermedia AGM has intensely colourful and fragrant flowers. Continue along the the Fellside Path where you may spot aconites, crocus, leucojum, snowdrops and cyclamen. 

Along the edge of the curved Davidia bed, notice the hellebores. There are few pollinators around when hellebores are in flower (Jan-May), the blooms bear rich nectar and pollen making them an instant hit for hungry bumblebees at this time of year. 

By the Nicholson Gates at the entrance to the walled garden, you will be drawn to the highly fragrant purplish-pink and white flowers of the Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' AGM. 

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