Red roses? ‘Orchidding me!
Red roses are traditionally sent on Valentine’s Day but for something that lasts longer, consider an orchid. Flowers can last up to three months. Several orchids have symbols attached to them like beauty, love or strength and some are extremely rare. The Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid/Gold of Kinabalu Orchid fetches around £4,000. For your own, less expensive, Slipper Orchid, consider Paphiopedilum (pictured).
A festival of Orchids
Love is in the air
Over the years Polesden Lacey has been the backdrop to many romantic moments, including the honeymoon of our late Queen Mother and King George VI. Polesden is celebrating by revealing some of these love stories (and maybe a scandal or two!). Also visit to hang a note to your loved one on the Love Tree on the South Lawn. Details here.
You may already have some growing in your garden but another reason to head to Polesden Lacey is to enjoy the snowdrop-lined Lime Walk, usually resplendent from late January to the end of February. More delightful snowdrop displays can be seen at Winkworth Arboretum.
Also at Winkworth is their outdoor children’s trail called ‘Shapes and Sizes’ – a good excuse for some fresh air!
On 22 February, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey is starting Pancake Day early by inviting you to join them in cooking your own tasty treats over the campfire. See more here.
Bushy beverage of the month
A glass or two of pink bubbles always makes a welcome treat on 14 February – but did you know that it’s against regulations to make rosé using grapes from the Italian Prosecco region? You can’t use the word Prosecco on the label. Until the rules change we’ll have to make do with attractive-looking bottles of Freixenet-branded fizz, or perhaps the Bottega Rose Gold – or some pink champagne (oh, the hardship!).
Enjoy the month and, if you think your garden needs more love and attention, we’re here to help!
Head of Beautiful Gardens