On Sunday I had my first garden visit of this year - my annual trip to Hodsock Priory. The weather was perfect with crisp blue sky and lots of sunshine but with a cold wind too. However, we were wrapped up warmly, so managed the walk around the woodland with no problems. It was incredibly busy though, probably due to the decent weather, a craft fair in the grounds and the last day of half term too.
Above is a view of the Priory across the small lake, seen through the brilliant red stems of a Cornus (possibly Sibirica, but I'm not sure).
This is what Hodsock is famous for; the drifts of naturalised snowdrops all around the wood. Despite there being so many people, there were quieter areas and we were able to enjoy the peace and listen to the birdsong, which was magical.
There were also areas full of Cyclamen coum with their delicate pink and white (and many shades in between) flowers. They always give a lovely splash of colour.
The elongated flowers of Garrya Elliptica (Silk Tassel Bush) are beautiful, especially when you get close to them. A very appropriate common name, I think, as they do look like they are made from silk. It was a lovely visit.