"Excitement around every corner
- a true gardeners delight" C.Sanders, Hampshire
A walk to Alices Seat (D12)* will be rewarded by the delicate sweet fragrance from the massed planting of Sarcococca confusa. Also known as Christmas Box (although it usually flowers after Christmas), this attractive plant originates from China, and provides not only good dense groundcover in shade, and the scent from its small white flowers literally pervades the air.
Trebahs collection of over 500 Camellias are starting to flower. They can be found on Camellia Walk, Petrys Path and Badgers Walk. Look for C. MacDonalds Seedling (B06)*, a rich red variety with pronounced gold stamens at the beginning of Camellia Walk which is in full flower at the time of writing.
On Fox Path and Radiata Path there are swathes of Cyclamen coum with deep pink flowers that will last through to March and on the banks below Badgers Walk and Petrys Path, the Snowdrops are coming through. Also on Radiata Path (F09)* look out for the spidery yellow petals of Witch Hazel with a spicy fragrance and the winter flowering Hellebores on the opposite side of the path.
The first Acacia to bloom this year is A. dealbata on Beach Path (F09) - the popular golden mimosa of florists. Its close relative Acacia pravissima grows in a large stand on the Main Lawn and will open up as the month progresses.