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We're expecting a spectacular display of blooms this spring © National Trust

We're expecting a spectacular display of blooms this spring

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It’s spring time in the gardens. Around 17,000 bulbs have been planted – resulting in a few aching backs! However, the stunning display in spring will make it all worthwhile.

Flowers to look out for in the spring will include the show-stopping Allium schubertii. The pale purple flower heads resemble giant sparklers and can measure 30cm in diameter. These will be complemented by a later flowering plant called Allium sphaerocephalon. It looks like a drumstick and is a bright reddish purple.

Around 250 tulip bulbs have been planted into the rose garden border. This is a single variety called ‘China Pink’ which will be quite eye-catching with the bay trees as a back drop. In the Lady Hastings border we’ve planted a species tulip called ‘Lady Jane’. This is an extremely pretty flower in magenta and ivory white.

Several varieties of irises have been planted in the privy garden along with Chionodoxa in the grassy areas, Fritillaria in the wild flower meadow, and Crocus around the heritage fruit trees. They’ll all provide a welcome shot of rich colour.

Various types of Narcissi have been planted around the gardens, in the cut flower border and in pots for sale. Our gardeners’ favourite is Narcissi thalia - a splendid flower, snow white in colour with a lovely fragrance.

The buff coat made for Jacob Astley during the English Civil War © Maureen Ritson

The buff coat made for Jacob Astley during the English Civil War

Conservation blog

There's so much conservation work happening at Seaton Delaval Hall - from major stonework repairs in the Central Hall, to the preservation of some of our delicate collection pieces - that our conservation team has launched a blog to keep you informed about what's going on. To discover the latest conservation news and pictures, make sure you check out their blog on the link below.