147. Furzey Gardens

I popped along to local Furzey Gardens yesterday for some Winter garden mooching. Last time I visited it was August (see here) and at this time of year gardens tend not to offer the boom-chikka-wow-wow of the Summer months but that doesn't mean they don't have lots of other sights to see.

Furzey Gardens doesn't completely open back up until towards the end of February but the gardens are still open to visitors at the moment, only without access to the tea rooms, toilets and shops. There's an honesty box for donations if you are visiting until it opens officially in February.

Now if money were no object, and I had a patch of land, oh and skillz, I would totally spend my days in something like you see below. Maybe growing a white beard and smoking a pipe a la Gandalf.

hydrangea petal skeleton

hydrangea petal skeleton

Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens

I love the stained glass leaves in the Gold winning garden area from RHS Chelsea, 2012, they capture every colour that leaves turn throughout the year.

stained glass leaves at furzey gardens, hampshire

stained glass leaves at furzey gardens, hampshire

These dead sunflowers look just about how I feel at the moment, a bit knackered and worn down! *bring on the sympathy now*

And finally, a potting shed, for the teeny weenies...

Furzey Gardens is part of a charitable organisation whose aim is to support people with learning difficulties to live as full citizens in society through support to achieve greater independence and lead meaningful lives. When visiting the Gardens you support the inspirational and supportive environment that Furzey offers students, where they can develop their horticultural skills and life skills such as social skills, concentration, literacy and numeracy and more. You can find out more at furzey-gardens.org.

Thanks to everyone who joined in last week, I particularly loved Doris's Trumpet Vine (no, that's not some rare medical condition), Jibbery-Jabberys (that's her pet name) snowy garden and the  garden-phenomen who is Rosie and her garden plans for 2015.

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