May 2018 at Colby Woodland Garden

Bluebells in flower at Colby Woodland Garden

With the flush of flowers from our rhododendrons and camellias in full flow and the carpets of bluebells only a couple of days from their best, it’s a magical time to be in the garden with all its scent, sound and colour.

A busy start to May

The early May bank holiday proved to be a fantastic weekend of sunshine that was not only greatly appreciated by us gardeners, but also by the masses of visitors to the garden.

We were also delighted to welcome the Scottish Rhododendron Society to our garden for a tour of our collection and to offer an insight into the history of Colby Woodland Garden and the surrounding estate. With members of the group coming from as far away as New Zealand and Canada, it was a joy to learn from some seriously knowledgeable people!

Volunteers Laure and Amy at Colby
Volunteers at Colby
Volunteers Laure and Amy at Colby

Familiar faces

It was also a pleasure to welcome back Laure, a former Colby volunteer. Laure originally came over from France to help us for three months back in August 2016 and was keen to see the garden in all its spring glory. With the garden looking so vibrant and alive at the moment, it was great to see her reaction to how much things have changed in such a short time and for her to see Colby at its best.

Feast the senses

I can’t recommend seeing the garden at this time of year enough. With so much colour and scent to feast the senses on and the weather being warm enough to spend a few hours reading a book or picnicking by the stream in the meadow, it really is a joy to be here. Be sure to take a walk to the West Woods to see the bluebells too, you won’t be disappointed!