I haven’t done a slideshow of my garden in winter before because the garden is asleep and I haven’t wanted to disturb its slumbers. But this year I ventured out with a camera and found that there is, in fact quite a lot going on as the garden gradually comes back to life. The first plant to come into flower is the Hellebore, or Christmas Rose, closely followed by the Christmas Rhododendron, with it’s tiny purple flowers. Both were still going strong in February, when these photos were taken. In the greenhouse, the peach and apricot trees came into blossom, and the aloes produced their startling orange flower spikes. The forcing pots on the Timperley early rhubarb produced bright pink stems of what is marketed in the supermarkets as “Champagne Rhubarb”, a misnomer if ever there was one, as these stems are much sweeter than what follows. And then, after the mildest of winters, the first clematis came into flower, the Armandii, and the early blooms of the rhododendrons. This, combined with some lovely views over the bay, was enough for a small, tentative, album of photos.