Buckland springs into colour
Early bloomers are starting to show their spring colours around the garden and throughout the Buckland estate. To make sure you don't miss a thing, we've put together a handy guide to spring around the property.
Adventure into Great North Wood to discover a sea of bluebells sweeping across the woodland floor. Our area ranger, Doug; recommends heading out to complete the red estate walk (approximately 2½ miles) for the best views of the bluebells. The leaves have started to make an appearance and we’re expecting them to look at their best towards the end of April, but keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.
A walk around the Buckland estate in the spring would not be complete without the sights and aromas of wild garlic within the woodlands and bordering Cot Lane. During Buckland’s Cistercian era monks often used the strong smell of wild garlic to scare moles away.
Known during the Elizabethan period as the chequered daffodil, various shades of this purple flower are starting to make an appearance in the Cider House garden. Also known as leper lilies and lazarus bells, their bell-shaped heads resemble the bells once worn by lepers during the middle ages to announce their presence.
Over 200 bulbs of this variety of tulip were planted in the Elizabethan garden during the autumn. Now in spring we’re eagerly awaiting these flowers to burst full of colour. Named after the Dutch painter, their coloured heads feature a brush stroke of colour adding shades of red and yellow to the garden.
Dotted around the garden, many different specimens have started to bloom earlier than usual because of the warmer weather. However many more are still awaiting to add to the springtime colour – particularly in the Cider House and by the Abbey.
Take a bit of spring home from Buckland's plant shop
Pop into Buckland Abbey’s plant shop before you go to pick up a plant or two for your garden. Our plant sales area; co-ordinated by volunteers Kathleen, Terry and Eunice, includes plants spotted around the estate. The shop is open daily from 10.30am – 5.30pm