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Cottage garden flower photos - a selection of scenes and sight lines in the winter picture gallery.

Cottage gardening is not concerned with individual flowers, but in the dark and dreary days of winter we're grateful for any flower that lights up the wintry gloom.

This is the period when trees and shrubs give shape and structure in the garden, with clumps of dead plant material, a few green patches - the rosettes of foxgloves and honesty in particular - and, oh wonderful surprise, a few flowers to cheer the heart.

It's a time of rest and reflection - and the perfect moment to really look at your garden, see the things you want to change and, oh dear, the items that need seeing to or repair.

Front Garden

One of our criteria for selecting a cottage garden plant is to answer the question "Does it provide structure, shape and colour in winter?"

The results of our selection can be seen in the pictures below.

These photographs were all taken in winter 2006/2007, from November 2007 to the third week of February 2007 with the exception of the picture immediately below which was taken a few years ago by our neighbours across the road, Jan and Marianne v/d Sangen.

Winter blanket of hoarfrost / white frost
Winter blanket of hoarfrost / white frost - a neighbour's view

Winter jasmine in the sun
Winter jasmine in the sun - cottage garden front door framed by winter jasmine.

Snowdrops, winter jasmine, honesty seed pods and crocus
Snowdrops and winter jasmine - the view from our neighbour's garden.

Witch hazel and Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' after the snow
Witch hazel and Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' after the snow.

Flowering crocus
Flowering crocus - cottage garden flower border lit up by crocusses.

Covered in snow
Covered in snow - view showing the importance of structure in garden design.

Rose arches framing the snow
Rose arches framing the snow, swing seat (background) and bird feeder (top).

Crocus in the snow
Crocus in the snow - crocus flowers surrounded by the last patches of snow.

Winter jasmine and clematis
Winter jasmine and clematis framing the window in yellow.

Witch hazel and Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' in the snow
Witch hazel and Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' in the snow -
with a fairy-tale
light effect.

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' and dogs
Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' and our dogs sitting in the garden path.

We hope you enjoyed the winter flower photos.

As you're here, why not visit the spring flower pictures? - a Gardener's Practical Guide to Natural Cottage Gardening

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