Spring at Dudmaston
Dudmaston is full of the joys of spring. The garden and parkland are waking up as buds come into blossom and new leaves emerge on the trees. Don't forget to listen out for the new season too. Birdsong brings the woodland and pools to life at this time of year.
Daffodils and crocuses mark the early days of the new season. The magnolia tree in the garden comes into bloom slowly from late March, followed by the azaleas, rhododendrons and bluebells in April and May.
" One of my favourite rhododendron is the Sappho. It has pure white flowers with a contrasting deep crimson centre. It's a true sign that spring is in full swing in the garden. "
Look out for the apple blossom in orchard. Each time you visit in spring, you'll notice more and more frothy, white buds bursting into life on the trees.
Spring in the Kitchen Garden
There's lots of work to be done in spring in the Kitchen Garden. It's a little early in the year to see plants and vegetables growing, but we promise there's lots happening beneath the soil. Look out for new shoots every time you visit.
Bluebells at Dudmaston
A walk in a bluebell wood in springtime is one of nature's most extraordinary sights. From mid April to late May, areas of woodland on the Dudmaston estate are swathed in blankets of blue.
On your walks across the estate at this time of year you’ll also come across many more woodland flowers including primroses, oxlips, fritillaries and foxgloves, all of which come inot flower late in the season.
As spring arrives, the woodland and pools at Dudmaston come alive with birdsong. Early in the season, catch the Goosanders on Big Pool. They usually leave in April to nest on the River Severn.
The Great Crested Grebes perform their mating ritual at this time of year. Watch out for their famous penguin dance, where their necks rear up out of the water and their heads shake.