November seems to have been a very quick month but we squeezed in a couple visits to The National Botanic Garden Of Wales.
I can’t believe how quickly this month seems to have passed and that we started this venture with Garden Of Wales four months ago! How time flies!
November at the Garden was cold, very cold! The plants had all died back and it was most strange to see the top garden laid bare for the winter and ready for new life in Spring when it’s been so vibrant the past few months (see August In The Garden, September In The Garden and October In The Garden).
The water pretty much everywhere within the Garden was frozen but with the lowest temperatures in Britain recorded here in Wales last night at -7 degrees it’s hardly any wonder.
What I loved most about the Garden this month is that when the sun shone it hung so low in the sky that the shadows cast by trees and the like was just beautiful and made for some lovely pictures.
The Garden was bare with varying shades of brown everywhere and so pretty to see it almost a blank canvas ready to be painted again by mother nature come the Spring.
So cold was it that I didn’t like to take Tiggy from the warmth of her pram where all I could see of her at some points were just her beautiful big blue eyes and her smile as so wrapped up against the cold was she.
We met one of the Gardeners in the kitchen garden who was clearing away under the watchful gaze of a robin that Tiggy was completely fascinated with, but with her “cooes and ahhh’s” the robin didn’t come too close to Tiggy’s pram. The kind lady we spoke with explained what these odd looking things were….
For the winter the most vulnerable plants are wrapped up warm, even in bubble wrap that made it look far more like a teepee than a plant, a top tip for you if you’ve anything in your garden that you want to protect from the cold and frost this winter.
November with it’s crisp clear air and wonderful bright days was just beautiful and I’m looking forward to see how the Garden changes even more during December which leads me nicely to what’s on next month;
What’s on at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in December:
Until 6th December – Exhibition Changing Lives by Contex 2000 in the Gallery.
December 3rd & 4th
‘Weekend walkies’ – doggy days on both Saturday and Sunday
Local band ‘1st Inversion’ on the stage of the Great Glasshouse from 1pm.
Willow Course – Christmas Decorations.
December 10th & 11th
Christmas Craft Fair and Santa Show, plus live music.
Carmarthen Modellers in the Gallery.
Exhibition: Florae by Rachael Entwistle-Davies in the Gallery.
Art – Painting In Acrylics.
Carols In The Garden 6-9pm £5 (£3).
National Christmas Jumper Day – FREE entry for anyone wearing a Christmas jumper.
December 17th & 18th
Christmas food fair and Santa shows plus live music.
December 24th & 25th CLOSED
OPEN – Doggy Day