Croome's spring plantings

The arrival of warmer weather in the parkland sees the spring plantings begin to emerge.

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the famous 18th century landscape designer, ensured that there was something interesting to see throughout the seasons at Croome.

Late Spring and the warmer weather means the windows of the Temple Greenhouse can be opened. The Temple Greenhouse was used to house the 6th Earl of Coventry’s exotic plant collection which was heated by a fire in the bothy behind.

Each year tender flowers such as crown imperial fritillary (Fritilleria imperiallis), bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) and the citrus trees are moved outside after being protected during the winter.

Children sitting outside the Temple Greenhouse
Children sitting outside the Temple Greenhouse
Children sitting outside the Temple Greenhouse

A stroll around the grounds treats you to the sweet, heady scent of the lime trees which will begin to flower, the beautiful delicate fragrance of the honeysuckle and mock orange or the luxuriant fragrance of the lilac and rock rose.

Spring blossom by the Temple Greenhouse
Croome spring blossom temple greenhouse
Spring blossom by the Temple Greenhouse

During spring wild flowers abound at Croome.  Around the statue of Pan, wild tulips, dog toothed violets, snakes head fritillary and anemone can be seen. 

Snake's head fritillary in the parkland
snakes head fritillary in the parkland
Snake's head fritillary in the parkland

Bluebells carpet the ground at the Temple Greenhouse, Church Shrubbery and the Island Pavilion near the lake.  The bench near Pan is the perfect spot to to admire a sea of bluebells.

Bluebells by the lakeside
bluebells by the lakeside
Bluebells by the lakeside

Look out for our banks of primroses and cowslips on the island and in the Evergreen Shrubbery near the statue of Pan.

Bank of primroses round the lakeside
Croome spring primroses
Bank of primroses round the lakeside

Swathes of cheery daffodils and forget-me-nots greet you and brighten the walk along the Home Shrubbery near the Rotunda.

Cheery daffodils in the Home Shrubbery
Bright yellow daffodils in the parkland
Cheery daffodils in the Home Shrubbery