Our Gardener's Spring favourites
Spring has sprung at Greys Court, and there’s some beautiful colour popping up around the estate. Read on to find out our gardener Carmel’s highlights in the garden this season, and when is best to see them.
" ‘Everything is bursting into leaf. Spring is my favourite but I love it all year round. Everything’s been grey and brown and then everything bursts into colour’"
Carmel's recommendations this season
Look out for snowdrops in the nut walk , irises around the wisteria, hyacinths around the Anniversary walk and lots of bulbs near the Cowshed tea-room. Our Cromwellian garden is set to look really colourful – we’ve planted 7,000 bulbs of pink and purple hyacinths, a border of white narcissi and dotted blue muscari.
What can you see each month?
Carmel has kindly put together a timeline of when each flower is in bloom, so you can look out for them when you visit.
January: Snowdrops, Cyclamen
February: Snowdrops, Cyclamen, Crocus tommasinanus, Narcissus, Tulips, Scilla, Iris reticulate, Chinodoxa, Anemone
March: Anemone blanda, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, Eythronium, Hyacinth, Narcissi Thalia, Muscari, Tulips, Narcissus, Scilla, Iris reticulate, Chinodoxa, Anemone
April: Bluebells, Narcissus, Tulips, Hyacinth, Muscari
May: Bluebells, Narcissus pheasants eye
Our Winter Garden
Behind the walled gardens, next to the maze, is a beautiful quilt of flowers planted to resemble a patchwork quilt of Lady Brunners. Throughout the season, flowers and colours come and go, meaning this patchwork of flowers continuously changes, with 48 squares of flowers repeated 4 times. It’s a sight not to be missed!
Advice for gardeners at home
Carmel advises to leave your bulbs for at least 6 weeks after they’ve bloomed, as the foliage around it feeds the bulbs, making sure they come back strong and healthy next year. At this time of year it is also good to clear any leaves and cut down herbaceous borders, and remember to enjoy and think of summer!
What are the gardeners at Greys Court up to now?
The gardeners have been pruning the wisteria ready for it to bloom later in spring, and are now pruning the roses until march. Soon they will be planting dahlias for autumn, which will bring some lovely colour to the estate later in the year.