137. How Does Your Garden Grow?


This week I’m sharing photos of a mornings walk around Hillier Gardens in local Romsey. One of the few gardens that’s open locally at this time of the year means it’s always going to be the one I turn to at this time of year. I’ve really made the most of the Annual membership that Al bought me for Mother’s Day. Individual membership for a year is £32, which gives you unlimited access to the gardens, entry for three guests and also free entry to The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Wakehurst Place at Sussex ,National Botanic Garden of Wales, Birmingham Botanic Gardens and Batsford Arboretum, Gloucestershire –  more info here if you are interested.

The Winter Garden is looking especially lovely, as you would expect at this time of year and the Spring Garden has hints of colour emerging, the camellias are starting to bloom. Anyway less talking – more photos!

Winter Garden

snowdrops / snowflakes
snowdrops / snowflakes


Love this natural protective fencing idea to protect the daffodils
Love this natural protective fencing idea to protect the daffodils

berries on tree

fern protector



Chinese maple paper bark



And, well, it goes without saying that I can’t not add some of these in can I?







Thanks to all who joined in last week, and for bearing with me being a bit slower to visit and share whilst in the throes of my first week at work. I’m starting to find my pace and routine now I am pleased to report. I head off to Kraków tomorrow morning with Al for a weekend away so apologies in advance if you link up and I don’t get round to visiting and sharing until early next week.

Some faves from last week include: Rosie’s love of pooh,  Sam’s visit to the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, a look in the January garden of Kriss, the awesome looking Herb n Greens shared by Claudia (crepes there one day yes?) and  a lovely and heart-warming post about 5 ways an allotment makes family life better.

Oh yes and comments are back on! 

Mammsaurus HDYGG

19 replies on “ 137. How Does Your Garden Grow? ”
  1. Am about to dump a link and run .. to the polytunnel. Will be back later to read and comment properly. Enjoy Kraków, the boys always snigger when they land on it on Ticket to RIde!

  2. these are sooooooooooo beautiful! are you loving your new camera? i am. glad you are back in the swing of things and enjoy your weekend getaway! xx

  3. Camellias already, isn’t it a bit early yet? Saying that though, there are daffodils-a-plenty popping everywhere at the moment! Beautiful photos as always Annie, I yearn to be outdoors today, enjoying this fantastically chilly weather. Enjoy Kraków!

  4. Beautiful Annie! I’ve just been trying to find some new gardens to visit but so many are still closed for the winter. I’m yearning for some spring colour….or snow!

  5. £32 is a bargain for a garden that’s open all year round. I’ve just checked one that is near me and that’s was £32 for last year as well but their opening season is only March to September. I do like to see the same gardens all year round as you can measure the changes from one month to another and even over the years.

  6. Gorgeous Annie. I spotted my first snow drop during some time pottering in the garden this weekend and my new camellia has a bud too. Exciting times, thanks for hosting xx

  7. Gorgeous photos, as always, but my jaw is really on the floor about that membership — all that for just £32?! You’d practically pay that in a single visit to Kew online.

    Adds Hillier to top of must visit list

    Hope all is well with the job, lovely. xxx

  8. sorry for the dump and run last week, you’ve been on my to do list and I’m slowly working through it. What a fantastic price and lovely bonus of the other gardens to visit. i love the photographs of the bamboo, my youngest thought if we grew some in the garden then the Pand’s would come and live there

  9. What a fab membership idea! And it just goes to show, even though I am desperate to get out in the garden, beautiful things can be found (and captured) in this dormant period.

    Nina x

  10. What treats there are for those who treat the path of a winter’s garden. Even in death nature has such beauty. Winter may feel he holds us forever in his iron grip but spring will win out in the end. as it has always been.

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