Spring in the garden at Hidcote

Hidcote is waking up from its winter sleep. Spring bulbs will soon be bursting through the beds and the garden will once again be filled with exuberance and colour.

The garden team are continuing to clear the borders ready for summer bedding. Hedge cutting has already finished for the year. We avoid cutting hedges between the start of March and the beginning of August due to nesting birds. All the roses and clematis have been pruned and the roses have been given a mulch to keep them healthy. All the statues and brick paths have been uncovered again for spring.

Early spring view of Red Borders
Early spring view of Red Borders
Early spring view of Red Borders

Spring flowers and early bulbs look beautiful at this time of year. The Long Borders are the first area to start showing growth in early spring. Although soon the spring bedding with tulips will start to emerge and the garden will fill with colour once again. Highlights of spring are the cherry and magnolia blossom. The Cornus Mas in the Pine Circle and the Daphne provide a fantastic scent to accompany your walk around the garden.

Magnolia just coming into flower
Magnolia just coming in to flower
Magnolia just coming into flower

 In the Kitchen Garden early vegetables are being planted out and hoeing is taking place to keep away early season weeds. The sowing of seeds for pots and annual displays is going on behind the scenes in the Glass House.

Coppiced hazel from Crickley Wood for use at Hidcote
Gardeners with bean poles
Coppiced hazel from Crickley Wood for use at Hidcote