I would love to have a garden that was alive with colour, shape and form throughout the four seasons of the year.
I read the gardening magazines and I plant Cornus alba to give me the bright red bark throughout the winter. I leave the flower heads on the hydrangea and sedum to catch the sparkle of the frost on a winter day.
I plant Sarcoccoca confusa for the evergreen leaves and the perfumed flowers but their perfume is not so strong in the cold winter days. In total, I am not convinced I am succeeding.
Then I see my winter flowering honeysuckle. The flowers may be insignificant after the freezing period last month but they are being visited by a constant flow of bees.
I’ve got a long way to go before I reach my goal but at least it’s keeping the bees happy along the way.