Monthly Archives: December 2016

Gowan Cottage in the snow

The snow gives photographer Zara Napier a rare opportunity in her country garden.

Snow covered Thatched and brick cottage, border includes Spiraea, Potentilla and the grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder.' Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carriere' growing on the cottage. Trees in the distance include Betula - Silver Birch. Gowan Cottage - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Snow covered Thatched and brick cottage, border includes Spiraea, Potentilla and the grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder.’ Rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ growing on the cottage. Trees in the distance include Betula – Silver Birch. Gowan Cottage – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Francis and Zara live in a thatched cottage at the end of Westley Waterless, a small village in Cambridgeshire. It is just over the border from Suffolk and ten minutes from Newmarket, famous for horse racing and the town where Zara grew up.

In the winter the long ferns look lovely when lightly covered by frost or snow before they are cut down to allow for the new crop to emerge the following spring. Other plants in their kitchen garden are left undisturbed in winter like the sunflowers whose seed heads provide food for the birds and the tall spires of the foxgloves, that seed themselves around the garden and pop up indiscriminately the following year. Other features in the Kitchen Garden are the two giant Cardoons; a fantastic plant as the large seed heads look amazing in winter especially when covered in snow but the bright purple flowers look magnificent in summer covered in bees. As soon as the 8ft stems are cut down in late winter the new silver leaves appear but they must be protected from their Pekin bantams as they find the young leaves more delicious than anything else in the garden.

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Snowberry and buxus Christmas decoration

Tying decorative ribbon on snowberry and buxus heart shaped wreath to hang - © GAP Photos

Tying decorative ribbon on snowberry and buxus heart shaped wreath to hang – © GAP Photos

A step-by-step guide for making a heart-shaped wreath using snowberries and buxus.

This lovely romantic decoration is created using Snowberries and buxus. Simple to make by bending the guide wire into a heart shape and carefully arranging the stems around it you can finish it off with ribbon and hang on a door, Christmas tree or to decorate your festive table.

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Simone Bay Christmas

Terrace with chair, candles, various plants in pots and ornaments - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Terrace with chair, candles, various plants in pots and ornaments – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Simone Bay is a hobby florist, she loves the Christmas season. That’s why she decorates her house and garden with reams of fairy lights, wreaths and garlands.

Simone starts her floristry in October to be ready in time for her Christmas event in November when people are invited to the annual Christmas fair which takes place in her house and garden.

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