Der Beginn des neuen Jahres ist immer eine optimistische Zeit im Garten, die Tage werden länger und jeden Tag erscheint eine neue Knospe oder Blüte. The snowdrops are just starting to get going and there are the wonderfully sweet scents of winter flowering shrubs doing their best to attract the occasional hardy insects to pollinate them. After a long, hot summer the Chimonanthus (wintersweet) next to one of the gates is covered in flowers and the Hamamelis is also attracting adventurous bees on a sunny day.