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John’s Garden at Winter Time

John Massey's Garden with Frosted Grasses and Fragrant Witch Hazels.


Staffordshire, UK

GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken - Owner: John Massey

Feature No:   4179 

Qty of Images:    72 


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For most gardeners, bleakest midwinter conjures up visions of log fires, roasting chestnuts and hot toddies, but for John Massey it rekindles dreams of the flowers he will rediscover when, at daybreak, he strolls through his canal-side garden, his two collies at his side. ‘Every day brings new flowers, so I’ve always a reason to go outside,’ he says. Never more so than at dawn, as fingers of sunlight ease through naked branches to awaken reflections of blazing dogwood whips and a long border of silvery grasses — a pair of swans at its heart — to ghost across the limpid waters of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. Turning homewards, he marvels at the colour of witch hazels, their spidery-shaped flowers glowing in the brittle sun, whilst the ground beneath is peppered with tiny flowers. ‘This time of year can be magical and, with the garden slowing down for winter, there’s actually time to appreciate it,’ he points out.



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