Saturday, 20 February 2010

Witch hazel blooms at Pembroke Lodge

To Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park yesterday for lunch - hearty food designed to satisfy after a long walk on a cold day. Mum and I enjoyed jacket potatoes smothered with toasted cheese and red onion, P & W had pasta with a delicious tomato and veg sauce. Then a few turns round the gardens in the bitter cold; snowdrops carpeted a slope near the house, and gorgeous camellias flowering already, delicate pinks, creams and whites, one already carpeting the path below in fallen petals. Lastly we found three small hamamelis trees clustered together under the bare winter oaks and in full blossom; two golden yellow and one red, sweetly scenting the air.

4 comments:

Andi's English Attic said...

Ooh, I want to grow some witch hazel in the garden - and a rowan tree. It will help me to embrace my inner crone (!) (Thanks for that - it cheered me up).

Jo said...

I love witch hazel. It sounds like you had a lovely day out.

Menopausal musing said...

Thanks for your recent visit to my blog...... what's not to love re snowdrops? We are lucky enough to have a long garden which hadn't been touched for fifteen years when we moved in. The snowdrops were a delight to find the following spring.

ReapWhatYouGrow said...

I love Richmond Park, and it is strangely nice in winter compared to other gardens which completely fade. I have never eaten there, but might consider investing if it is good!

Not tomorrow though, looking at the forecast!