Garden Walk in Winter

When visiting a garden in winter you have to adjust your expectations and seek out  patterns, shapes, and muted colours that don’t necessarily call out to you when the garden is otherwise full of colour. Different kinds of moss, lichens and bark now have their time for you to closely observe.

Take your time to look around you, up and down. Light and shadows can alter your perspective. Listen out for birds and insects; if you are quiet the smallest sound and the slightest movement become noticeable.

looking for lost nuts – December 2020
bee on mahonia – December 2020

And if you remain very still, you might find that the less nervous come closer. I really thought this little robin was going to come onto my hand. As I made soft chitter, chitter sounds it moved closer towards me and I wished I had had some birdseed in my pocket. Next time.

We were lucky yesterday to have prebooked entrance to Trelissick Garden, which is between Truro and Falmouth and lies on the River Fal, to have a winter’s day that although cold (7°C), and somewhat showery, there was at least no wind. And as the afternoon wore on and the black clouds dispersed in the sunshine it was actually very pleasant. As we moved around the garden keeping our distance from the few other people who were visiting we had time to take in the beauty of the season.

We left shortly before sunset after the obligatory cup of coffee and NT cake, and although our hands were cold,  our spirits had risen from the fresh air and the natural beauty we had seen.

Jo’s Monday Walk


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Perfect picture of the robin, quite different from our robins. We had the thrill of an eagle flying overhead as we walked this afternoon. Thanks for noticing lichen and moss. Both have fascinated me since I was a little girl making fairy houses under the trees in the yard.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Birds of prey are so magnificent.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Really took our breath away.

  2. Oh wow, that robin! So gorgeous and well captured.

    1. Heyjude says:

      He is kinda cute 😁

  3. Lynn says:

    Such a lovely collection Jude. No matter what the season, there is beauty all around us. We just need to take the time to have a peek💕

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed there is Lynn.

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful images

  5. So pretty, Jude. How lovely for you to be able to go out and enjoy such beautiful scenery.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We were lucky with the weather.

  6. BeckyB says:

    oh this is just gorgeous 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was so nice to go somewhere different. Well not that different as it’s a favourite garden, but away from home!

      1. BeckyB says:

        ah yes, away from home – extra special days this year!

  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Love all the subtle details – they certainly are worth noticing. And the robin is such a sweet little fella! 🙂

  8. susurrus says:

    Your robin picture is wonderful. Lovely to see inside a garden too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, there haven’t been many garden visits this year. I hope there are more AND in other counties next year!

  9. Scott Dee says:

    Such a wonderful bit of nature. Looks like it’s pretty happy, even a bit muted

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