February sees the start of the gardening year at Marwood with vast sheets of blossoming snowdrops naturalised throughout the valley.

The large scented heads of Galanthus "Sam Arnott" are especially striking, standing proud above carpets of the common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis and its double flowered form.

Elsewhere in the garden, elegant heads of the multi-coloured Lenten Rose, Helleborus orientalis, are already in flower - earlier this year but also better than previous years with some lovely spotted and bicoloured forms in flower.

Already several early Rhododendrons are starting to open their flowers. The reliable cultivar "Christmas Cheer" with its sugar pink flowers will brighten the garden all February together with Rhododendron sutchuenense, a fifteen foot high species from China covered in deep reddish purple flowers. This year it is going to be spectacular!