Spring in the gardens at Clumber Park
With the evenings becoming lighter and the days becoming longer, there are plenty of signs around Clumber Park that spring has finally sprung.
The Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and witness the beautiful colours and new life of spring up close.
The first signs of spring are under glass in the Long Range glasshouse. The peach and nectarine trees flower in February and March, before the plants growing outside and before pollinating insects are about.
The Pleasure Grounds will spring into life too, with daffodils painting the flower beds and woodlands yellow. Scented hyacinths appear too, providing beautiful springlike smells across the park.
The list of March jobs for the hard working team of staff and volunteers is a long one and includes fruit trees to prune, vegetable beds to manure and rotovate, clumps of herbaceous perennials to lift and divide and beds to cover with a mulch, which will help keep weeds in check and retain moisture if the summer is hot and dry. Our team are never too busy to stop for a chat though - feel free to approach them for gardening advice or to ask what they're up to!
It's also exciting time in March as the earliest varieties in Clumber’s National Rhubarb Collection will be showing above ground. ‘Early Victoria’, Holstein Blut’ and ‘Grandad’s Favourite’ are the first to show, their stalks ready for their first harvest in April and always proving to be delicious.
April sees the tulips in the herbaceous borders in the garden coming into bloom and, towards the end of the month, the apple blossom produces a beautiful spectacle in pinks and white.