There are several plants brightening
up a very dull damp February day.
After a few days of cold and frost, ice on the ponds and the Rhododendrons curling their leaves in protest, the weather has turned
warmer and misty. Today it never really got light, the birches in the meadow looked eerie, but the first flowers in the garden were doing their best to brighten things up.
|Rhododendron Bo Peep|
flower at this time of year is Nobleanum Roseum. It can flower before Christmas and
seems to cope with the frost. The Nobleanum Group (R. arboretum x caucasicum) is one of the earliest hybrids raised by Anthony Waterer in 1832 at Knap Hill. Rhododendron Nobleanum Venustum is also to be found flowering here at High Beeches brightening up the Tupelo Glade in the winter.