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.
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.