We always enjoy a visit to the winter garden at Anglesey Abbey.
This year we went a bit early because we had tickets for their Winter Lights event. Several National Trust properties are holding these now and it adds a whole new, rather magical element to the garden.
You could have it in purple too with the ghostly white bramble, Rubus thibetanus in front.
The twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ looked like Medusa’s head.
I love the way the yellow dogwood, Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’ gleamed and a few stems turned white. On the left the yellow flowers of Mahonia ‘Charity’ turned a ghostly white too.
You would think that the famous birch grove couldn’t be improved upon and changing the colours of the gleaming white stems would be like dyeing flowers. But everyone stood transfixed watching the ever-changing kaleidoscope of colours.
The tall poplars along the canal kept changing colour too.
A surreal touch was the white umbrellas in the rose garden.
The snowdrop garden at Anglesey Abbey is famous and we had a little foretaste of the pleasures to come.
I am looking forward to going back to the winter garden in January and February and seeing all the winter flowers in daylight and even better smelling them; so many winter blooms are fragrant. But on a dreary evening at the end of November it was fun to see it looking magically different. And a bit surreal.