A few weeks ago, I visited these lovely gardens. One side is predominantly woodland, the other side is more formal gardens.
In the woodland were bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons and red campions.
Young leaves growing on an Acer tree.
A close-up of a bluebell.
A close-up of a Rhododendron flower.
Young Acer leaves with sunshine behind them.
A Bluebell close-up.
Close-up of small white and pink flowers.
The Water Garden.
I saw this plant and for some reason, the term ‘Fibonacci sequence’ popped into my head. I had heard of it and knew it was linked to patterns in nature, but really knew little about it. So I did some investigating. The Fibonacci sequence starts like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and continue to infinity. Each number is the sum of the two numbers that precede it.
It appears throughout nature – for example, in the design of shells, the way tree branches grow out of trees, the development of leaf veins, the pattern of seed heads, the positioning of flower petals (such as roses) and is even in the shape of tropical storms. It has been described as “the code of nature” and runs through the cosmos – appearing in spiral galaxies. Isn’t nature clever?
It was great to see the RHS garden coming to life last weekend. Not only were there snowdrops, but also daffodils, miniature cyclamen, winter aconite and dwarf crested iris. Here is a macro shot of a winter blooming camellia.
A red witch hazel.
This is Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Grandiflora.’ An unusual looking flower, which according to the RHS, is generally pest and disease free. It originates from the Himalayas and was introduced in the 1850’s. It is tricky to cultivate, but produces fragrant blooms if successful.
An abstract of red witch hazel.
Beauty in Winter.