Yesterday I visited a wonderful winter garden. The fact that it is also a spring, summer and autumn garden is an indication of the skill of the owner and gardener, Jo Hynes at Higher Cherubeer in mid Devon. I had gone ostensibly to visit her National Collection of cyclamen, which was indeed magnificent, but it was how these were used in the garden, their often mottled leaves and delicate pink flowers, intermingled with other winter bloomers that impressed me. There were hellebores from pure white to devils black, spidery witch hazels, burnished pollarded willows reaching to the sky and snowdrops in their thousands, a galanthophile’s heaven. It certainly lifted my spirits; what is more the rain held off until almost half way home, it was more than I could have expected.