Spring in the garden at Ightham Mote

Looking across the daffodil filled orchard to the north side of the house on a sunny day

Spring is a breath of fresh air. The days are becoming longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the garden is beginning to burst with new growth and colour. 

As spring approaches you’ll see clusters of snowdrops, hellebores and the vibrant yellows and purples of crocuses around the garden, these flowers are an important early source of nectar for bees.
Look out for the Daphne near the shop, with its incredible fragrance and the delicate pink-purple flowers of Cyclamen and Cardamine. As each day passes, more plants awaken from their winter slumber bringing new shapes of fresh foliage, flower colour and interest. 

The daffodils throughout the garden raise their shining trumpets proudly to herald the true arrival of spring and the mass of bright blooms underneath the apple trees in the orchard are a sight to behold. 

 

Blossoms, blooms, big leaves and bountiful foliage 

As spring progresses, the delicate cherry blossom bursts forth on the east terrace, followed by the apple blossom in the orchard and near the north lake. In the north pleasure grounds, the showier blooms of the Camellias and Rhododendrons take centre stage and the huge leaves of Gunnera by the lake, and the bright green, delicate fronds of ferns unfurl in the stumpery and the dell.   

 

The cutting garden starts to come into its own, providing flowers for display in the house. Around stable courtyard the regal crown imperial fritillaries, then pompoms of Alliums stand on ceremony, whilst the Aubrieta cascades over the moat walls. 

 

Spring blossom on the Eastern Terrace
Cherry blossom in bloom with daffodils in the grass below, on the Eastern Terrace at Ightham Mote
Spring blossom on the Eastern Terrace

As spring moves toward summer, look out for the gloriously scented and thornless rose 'Zepherine Drouhin' in the house courtyard that frames the entrance to the outer hall. 

The sweetly scented Rosa 'Zépherine Drouhin' in bloom in the courtyard
The pink, sweetly scented Rosa 'Zépherine Drouhin' in flower around the entrance door
The sweetly scented Rosa 'Zépherine Drouhin' in bloom in the courtyard