Snowy scenes in the Cotswolds this week

Snowy scenes in the Cotswolds this week

We had a beautiful blanket of snow this week – the first we have had since the garden was built & it looked beautiful! Sadly it’s all gone as I type but I took some photos I’d like to share.

snowy wire cockerel & pal sitting on the fence in our garden designed by Jo Alderson Phillips
Our wire chickens on the fence

We live on the edge of the Cotswolds in a group of converted stone barns that wrap around our new courtyard garden. Every room looks onto it so it has to pay its way…. It does – waking up to this was such a joy!

Our snowy courtyard by Jo Alderson Phillips. The Cotswold stone wall looks pretty against the white backdrop & the stepping stones really stand out in the poolThe frozen pool & Cotswold stone wall looking beautiful in the snow

I dashed out with my camera before Bruno our briard spoiled these snowy scenes with his big paws! Look how the light plays with the fabulous tree canopies. These acers have just been fantastic. If you were wondering they are Acer globosum from Hilliers in Hampshire – thanks Jim! & I have to say they look superb no matter what the season or the weather & the birds love them too. Excellent!

View from above of our snowy Cotswold courtyard by Jo Alderson Phillips
The view from above
view across the frozen pond to the Cotswold barn beyond. Garden design by Cotswold garden designer Jo Alderson Phillips
Looking across the frozen pond towards the glass link to my studio
Looking back across the courtyard & beyond to the parking area
Oops! footprints!! guilty as charged – twas I!

I try to ensure my garden designs work well for twelve months of the year. I think it is really important they look good throughout the seasons. Vital in fact when they cost so much to build! I believe structure is important as are sight-lines & simplicity. This garden looks wonderful in the spring & the summer with light & shade, pretty flowers, amazing trees & fabulous water but look at it here too & hopefully you will agree it looks equally good – just different. It is great – most important in fact – to enjoy all the seasons in your garden as we certainly do.

Ready for spring now please.

Jo - my name written by Jo Alderson Phillips
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