The Garden Diaries


By Belvoir Head Gardener – Tom Webster

10th February 2022

This week a race to keep pace with fallen trees, which will insist on falling across the pathways, fortunately out of visiting times.  But the snowdrops are in full flower now and I’ve hastened to try to identify them in anticipation of queries from galanthaphiles – they are all Nivalis – so I will try to introduce some different cultivars for next year.

Particularly impressive at the moment are the Daphnes at the top entrance to the Duchess’s garden, the fragrance is overwhelming – this is Daphne Bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ and I have some more on order to plant here.

Whilst clearing a previously overgrown trail here I rediscovered a Persian Ironwood (Parrotia Persica) which has spread itself out in such a disturbing manner as to be deserving of a part in a Halloween movie.  Best viewed accompanied by a friend.

The adventure continues…

Tom Webster

Head Gardener




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