The colour of spring flowers is currently brightening up the Gardens, even on a rainy day like today. Forget-me-nots, many different species of aquilegia and our ‘wedding cake’ tree are full of colour along the moat. Along our Nature Trail it’s bluebells, wood anemones and golden lesser celandine that are carpeting the woodland floor.
The blossom in our orchard is attracting the bees to pollinate our many varieties of apple, pear, plum, damson and green gage trees. The Walled Garden is beginning to wake up and developing into the beautiful backdrop for many a wedding photograph over the course of the summer. The plants in flower at the moment include this lovely purple clematis montana. Over the course of the next few months the display in the Walled Garden will change on an almost weekly basis.
It is not just the Gardens that are teeming with new spring growth, our lake is too. The covers 18 acres and is part of our Site of Special Scientific Interest. At this time of year the new growth of the reeds are a beautiful green around the edges and floating on the lake’s surface are thousands of lily pads. The lilies are yellow and called ‘Brandy-Bottle’ (nuphar lutea) and make great homes and cover for the smaller fish, such as tench and bream, that live in the lake. We also have white water lilies (nymphea alba) on our pond in the Walled Garden.
Keeping everything looking great is the job of our wonderful team of volunteers. Even on rainy days like today they are here, doing even the most boring of tasks like weeding the gravel, to make sure that everywhere looks neat and tidy for when we are open to the public or hosting a wedding. An added bonus this month is that the fruits of our labour in the potting shed are also ready for sale, with all proceeds going towards the continued maintenance of the Gardens.