Signs of spring in Lanhydrock's garden
The milder weather has returned to Cornwall and the garden is full of the promise of spring.
Lanhydrock really is a garden for all seasons. In winter the air is filled with the heady fragrance of the daphnes; in summer the formal parterre is brightened with begonias and in autumn the acers and parrotia trees turn red and gold; and spring? Spring is when the higher garden and woodland garden take centre stage.
What to look out for in spring
Lanhydrock’s garden comes into its own in spring and our supporters have voted it one of the top gardens in the region for colour at this time of year.
The first flowers to come are the snowdrops, cyclamen and crocuses. Then the daffodils appear, covering the ground with sunny colour and brightening the dullest day.
Not long after the first magnolias flower. Lanhydrock is famous for its wide variety of magnolias and you'll find a magnolia in bloom somewhere in the garden from spring through to autumn.
From March onwards you can't miss the pink camellia blossom blooming on the mature shrubs through the higher garden. Next the bluebells arrive and carpet the ground in blue, while a rainbow of colour from the rhododendron trees brightens the higher and woodland garden and the estate.
The herbaceous border then begins to fill with colour and will remain full of flowers until late autumn.
The parterre is planted with tulips and provides a riot of colour against the trim box hedging.
How has the weather affected spring’s arrival?
It’s been an unusual winter this year, with cooler temperatures, lots of rain and then the snow at the beginning of March and this has had a mixed effect on the garden at Lanhydrock.
" The season at Lanhydrock is much later than previous years because of all the winter rain we've had."
The recent snow was not good news for our early flowering camellias, as the frost has killed off those blooms. Fortunately, the flowering season was a little behind anyway, so there are still plenty of buds left to come into flower when the weather improves.
Our earliest flowering magnolia, the Campbellii, which can come into bloom as early as January, has lost some blooms to the Beast from the East, with the cold browning the early flowers but the blooms that are still wrapped up in their buds have been protected from the worst of the weather.