Dial Park in Winter

It seems miraculous that snowdrops reappear year on year, however harsh the weather, but in Olive Mason's garden some 200 different snowdrop varieties thrive in light woodland and borders. The garden unfolds as a seamlessly linked series of vistas, ingeniously designed to enchant both in the height of summer and in the depths of winter. Whilst the longest day dawns to an effervescent abundance of roses and clematis, the shortest sets on the early snowdrops outlined against bare earth and a beautifully balanced backdrop of trees, shrubs and clipped hedges. Snowdrops appear from autumn with Galanthus reginae-olgae, which is good-natured but costly. It is followed before Christmas by some of the elwesii  varieties, peaking in February, and lastly, around Easter time with snowdrop ‘April Fool’.

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