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10 Apr 17

A Water Garden Wonder

There's a lot of colour around the Water Garden at the moment, but a real stand-out is this lavender coloured rhododendron shrub. Standing tall just at the top of the pagoda steps, this beauty is currently flowering profusely. See it soon though, as the flowers won’t last too long – but hopefully long enough for Easter. The 'Rhododendron augustinii', to use its full species name, was named after botanist Augustine Henry who first found it in China in 1899.

Rhododendron augustinii in Cliveden's Water Garden

08 Apr 17

Beautiful Bluebells

A quarter of the Trust's woodland, such as Cliveden's, is semi-natural and ancient: this is the ideal habitat for bluebells to grow. And just this weekend a member of the ranger team has reported seeing them emerge by the Pheasantry, which is part of Cliveden's wider estate. It's definitely a bit sooner then we were expecting them to emerge, but we're happy they've appeared as they do add a rather lovely purple haze to the woodlands. Remember to stick to hard paths and walkways as the habitat in which bluebells grow are extremely fragile.

bluebells growing in woods

26 Mar 17

The Long Garden is looking lush

The Long Garden is the place to see this Spring. After a burst of growth (sadly including the weeds), a gorgeous citrus mix of 11,000 Polyanthus have come into full bloom. The vibrant yellows and whites can be seen all the way until mid May, after which the highly-skilled gardeners will dig them up and swap them over for summer bedding plants.

Cliveden Long Garden Sring 2017