22 April 2012
The spring bedding displays are now coming into their own all over the estate. Looking particularly good are the Mr Fothergill’s Garden in The National Gardening Centre, and the large displays by the lake.
The first Bluebells are just beginning to bloom and are combining well with last of the Camellias in our Glade Garden. This often overlooked area contains a ruined folly and can be found beyond the wicker unicorns on the front lawn of Capel Manor House.
The Blue Border, along the Pine Walk is coming into bloom, Camassias and Hyacinths are held above bright spring growth.
The Scotts Garden in the NGC is looking luxuriant, with the Tulip ‘Passionale’ combing brilliantly with grey leaved Cardoons and fresh spring foliage.
There is a lovely display of wallflowers in the Manor Garden, where the bog garden has also recently sprung into growth.
Look out for Swallows which are nesting in and around the stable yard, and the Green Woodpeckers which are often seen on the grassed areas.
Snakes Head Fritillaries, (the College’s Emblem) are flowering in our Hazel Coppice close to the Stables and Walled Garden. See them amongst the naturalised daffodils, wild garlic and Cardamine pratensis or cuckoo flower.
Enjoy your visit,
The Gardening Team