Hodsock Priory – Snowdrops

A couple of weeks ago we made our way to Hodsock Priory in North Nottinghamshire to visit their annual Snowdrops.

This year the experience was far more pleasant than our previous experience… and after wrapping up thanks to the forecast telling us it would be sunny but chilly; the day actually turned out lovely and warm with little need for scarfs and thick jackets.

The main gardens were not as impressive as last year, which is a surprise as last year we only visited around two weeks later yet there were far more Daffodils and Winter Aconites blooming. This aside, it was a very enjoyable and welcome day out.
First to catch my eye were these brilliant pink blossoms, I think they’re from Japanese Apricot, can anyone confirm this?

Once again I got to drool over the Cyclamen coum carpets under various trees and shrubs… I need to mimic this. And also, if you look more closely at the Hellebore photo, you may spot a few Ladybirds on it!
The warm sun had brought them out in their thousands – they were everywhere in the snowdrop woodland walk! I had to move a fair few that I didn’t want to get trampled on as we stopped for a cuppa.

I’m still not sold on this whole idea of cutting away the leaves of Hellebores, not only are they unable to photosynthesize but they look like ridiculous lollipops sticking out of the ground… I’d rather keep the leaves myself, thanks.

Willows were impressive against the blue sky.

Perhaps it’s time to move onto the grand finale, I need not explain what they are!

As if I could ever take photos and NOT end up in the mud with people looking at me strangely…

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