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Helleborus purpurascens - Often the first flowers can be seen low to the ground in December (usually before the new foliage appears), but they continue to open as the red-spotted stems grow, right through until early spring. A variable but very pretty deciduous clump-forming perennial that makes excellent groundcover in partial shade.

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"Fiddleheads", young ferns beginning to unfurl in early Spring. (I love to watch the ferns in my garden as they unfurl).

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Out With the Snow, in With the Snowdrops

Snowdrops. The first flowers of the year. Appearing in January - February signalling the year is beginning.

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The Gravel Garden - Beth Chatto. A peach helianthemum, blue iris, salmon oriental poppy, 2 varieties of euphorbia, pink phlomis, nepeta, artemesia frigida, stipa gigantea

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Brugge

Often nicknamed ‘Little Venice’, Bruges is a beautiful medieval town, wonderful to explore any time of year. Whether you wish to enjoy the festive decorations and markets leading up to Christmas or visit in summer when the weather is at its best or perhaps you’d prefer to avoid the crowds by visiting late winter, early spring or late autumn – every season has is benefits. Here's our top ten of things to do in Bruges...

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