Bluebells transform Belton in springtime. The Pleasure Grounds flower carpets of bluebells between mid-April and late May. The splash of colour makes the grounds a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing springtime walk with family and friends.
Half of the world's population of bluebells are found here in the UK. Also known as wild hyacinths, Britain is home to two varieties. An identifying characteristic of the native ‘British’ Bluebell is the flowers cream coloured pollen, while the non-native flower exhibits blue pollen. Belton is lucky enough to be home to the native flower and can be found in all three shades, blue, white and the rare shade of pink.
Belton’s spring gardens
The carpet of intense blue under the opening tree canopy isn’t the grounds only horticultural splendour. The Pleasure Grounds see a procession of bulbs in spring starting with drifts of snowdrops and aconites, followed by daffodils, primroses, and cowslips interlaced with native wildflowers. Please help to care for our wildflower display by keeping to the paths in the Pleasure Grounds during your visit.
Bees, butterflies and other insects feed on the nectar of bluebells as their flowers provide an essential early source of nectar. Bumblebees, not to be confused with Belton’s Honeybees, feed on the nectar of the bluebells in the Pleasure Grounds. The bees bite a hole in the bottom of the bell to reach the nectar without pollinating the flower.