Yesterday we felt like visiting some winter colour in the form of Mottisfont Abbey's collection of cornus plants.
Midwinter fire (top) makes the most dramatic show especially amongst the white birches and the white-stemmed bramble. But I also like the range of subtle green and yellow-stemmed varieties they have, as well as the 'common' dark red.
Mottisfont has beautiful old trees, and how grateful we should be for all the planting that was done in the past.
The huge plane tree (below) unfortunately now has some disease and is randomly dropping branches. It was planted hundreds of years ago, and I was imagining the scene of Jane Austen's heroines strolling, chatting, amongst young saplings.
I am lucky enough to have an extra wide postcard of this magnificent tree in my print kitchen.