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Winter Serenity

 February 2024

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Kathy Brown's Garden at the Manor House in Stevington takes on a soothing palette of hues and subtle, dewy light during the wintertime.

 

 

 

 

A muted palette imbues tranquility

 

One could be forgiven for thinking that during winter dormancy, gardens have less to offer compared to the fairer months, but pared back to the bare bones, gardens offer a new perspective, and a different sensorial experience. With less foliage gardens are more open, and mould more seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. Wildlife is more visible, and a garden's structure more evident. There is intrigue as a branch twists and writhes. Ethereal, misty light, a muted palette, somewhat void of vivid, heart-racing colours, can both sooth, plus delight. Dewy jewels, as they hold on tight, draws the eye in deeper. There is an undeniable serenity to a well designed garden at this time of year, and with a garden such as Kathy's, packed with winter interest too, it is nothing short of wonderful.

 

After keeping an eye on the forecast since mid-February, I visited a few days later. Despite anticipating frost and mist, the delicate dewy light more than made up for the lack of frost. It was a huge honour and privilege to spend time in such a remarkable garden, that understandably was voted the Nation's Favourite Gardens Winner, The English Garden Magazine. 

Islands of flowing grasses, such as Pampas, _______ draw to an end after giving a glorious show since early Autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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