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Not quite spring at Nymans but trying hard


The weather forecast said rain rain and more rain, so when it failed to materialise this afternoon we all got over excited and went up to Nymans gardens to do some spring spotting.

Well no – this is solid winter fare but isn’t it beautiful? I assume that this is a cornus – though I have been surprised recently by how good the colour of some of the Acers is. Views anyone?

Again hardly spring but too pretty to leave out! I’m not even going to hazard a guess as to what this is. A fir of some form?

Oh I wish I could send you the smell of this daphne bohlua. It is awesome- spicey but also sweet, and strong which is unusual for a winter flowering shrub. Yummy!

Are now this is more like spring. Nymans has cyclamen coum all over the place – and they dont seem to have minded the cold at all. What I like best about them though is that they can cope – indeed seem to like – awesome amounts of shade.

I love this snow drop… or is it a snow drop? The leaves are a definite green rather than the typical blue green and it looks more like a bell! Please can someone let me know what type this is?

I havent seen snowdrops used so formally before but I think they look lovely here.

The Camellias definitely have suffered from the winter cold – some didnt seem to be opening properly and developing premature brown bits, but this bush looked fine.

I’ve noticed that some books seem to consider Camellias to be of only marginal hardiness – perhaps they need to reconsider after this winters survival.

Oh dear – has anyone else found a daffodil in flower? Not quite yet!

I thought I would finish up with this lovely spidery witch hazel. Couldnt smell this one but it was gorgeous. I dont seem to be able to keep witch hazel. Any suggestions?

A lovely way to spend an afternoon – and it even felt like spring is in the air. Shame I couldnt post the bird song!

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I love Nymans, Ss. It was one of my favourite gardens to visit when we lived in Kent. So we need smelly-vision AND sound on GOY, do we? LOL.

27 Feb, 2010


lovely pictures sara, glad you had a nice afternoon to, looks a lovely place :o)

27 Feb, 2010


We are spoilt for choice with Nymans, Wakehurst place and Sheffield Park all within 30 mins!

Oh SH wouldnt smelly vision and sound be lovely! Not just that though we need to be able to feel the soil between our fingers and the lovely mousey bodies of all those tempting magnolias out there at the moment. I'm pleased as punch that I can't feel the snow on some of the photos though!

27 Feb, 2010


Good to see some pictures taken today Sarah,.......lovely as well..

27 Feb, 2010


The daphne bholua looks like the variety 'Jacqueline Postill' which is very fragrant. And I think the non-snowdrop is leucojum vernum, the spring snowflake. Nice to visit Nymans from the warmth and comfort of indoors, thanks for the blog

27 Feb, 2010


Lovely - thanks for the info Andrew. The snowflakes were very pretty.

You are right about the variety of daphne (which I must say I think is Very impressive - 10/10! LOL) I know that you are right because I checked the label and bought one on the way out of the shop.

I know that I am not mean to plant anything in my new garden untill I have seen what comes up, but I dug it its own new spot in pristine grass!

27 Feb, 2010


I hope it thrives for you. :-))

Oh - you are bringing back memories of those lovely gardens! Do you get to Sissinghurst, as well? Great Dixter? The castle...errr...what's that called - we used to take the children has a great moat round it...National Trust...can't think.

27 Feb, 2010


I do get to Sissinghurst which I absolutely love, but it drives me bonkers because the opening times are so weird. If I drive over an hour to get somewhere I want to be able to stay all day - not just pop in for an hour. I have absolutely no memory whatsoever, but MrSussexSarah reminds me that you mean Scotney. What a lovely place. Truly magical. Sounds to me like you need a long weekend back down this way in May!

27 Feb, 2010


I am also glad you enjoyed your afternoon. What beautiful Shrubs and
plants you have selected,they were all lovely, except for the poor
Daffodils that are trying to wake up! Thanks Sarah for lovely photos : 0)))

27 Feb, 2010


lovely blog and the snow drop does look like snowflake leucojum vernum. Mine are in tight bud at the moment. promises of good things to come.

27 Feb, 2010


Scotney is another one! I loved it there, too - but that bloomin' castle's name evades me......Hmmmm....

AH! Mr. Spritz has just come up with it - 'BODIAM'.... :-))))))))

What have they done to the opening times at Sissinghurst? They closed it on Mondays, and I think they were about to give timed tickets out when we left Kent. Have they made it even worse now?

28 Feb, 2010


lovely pics..spring will soon be here....

28 Feb, 2010


Thanks for all the lovely comments. Your enthusiasm dragged me into the camera shop the other day to update my kit, but I am really enjoying doing more than just point and shoot.

28 Feb, 2010

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