From April into May, see delicate cherry blossom on the Top Terrace and in the borders lining the walkway from the Visitor Centre to the house. In future years, new cherry trees donated by the Sakura Cherry Tree Project this winter will blossom in the car park. From late April, the trees in the orchard are covered in blossom, including the bright pink Malus 'Arthur Turner' flower known for its showy displays every year. Don't miss the young ‘Winston’ tree, named for Sir Winston Churchill, which is set to blossom in years to come.
Walk beneath clouds of blossom from April on the rows of cherry trees in the orchard on the estate, and in the rose garden. As the season progresses, you’ll be spoilt for choice for blossom across the two orchards. There are over 1,100 fruit trees alone in the main orchard near the entrance, where apple blossom changes from pink to white as summer draws near. Apple trees make good nesting for birds so keep an eye and ear out for newly arrived chicks too.
The wider estate is home to hedgerows of blackthorn, the earliest variety to flower from March. Also early to bloom is crab apple blossom in the Walled Garden, recognisable by its tinge of pink and sweet scent. You'll find apple blossom in the Walled Garden from late April too. From earlier April, cherry blossom is dotted around the site from the visitor entrance to the Quarry garden. Scotney’s next generation of cherry trees, chosen for their variation in colour and timing, can be seen by the old castle. Finally, into May, hawthorn blossoms in hedgerows on the estate. The flowers are highly scented, and grow in flat-topped clusters. To guarantee entry to the car park, please pre-book your parking tickets via the property website.
Blossom peppers the wider estate with blackthorn, hawthorn and spindle trees flowering from early March to May. The orchard, recreated as it was in Kipling’s day, spills over with blossom from late April on the native varieties of pear and apple trees. The Pear Alley is clothed in white pear blossom in April. The flowers are good for pollinators, and complement the under-planting of spring-flowering bulbs.
The young cherry trees at Emmetts come into flower in the first or second week of May. They are unusually lollipop-shaped as they were in the Lubbock family's day. Their beautiful pink blossoms are underplanted with a carpet of pink, red, white and black tulips that flower along with the cherry trees for a truly arresting sight. Venture into the surrounding woodland to see sweet or wild cherry blossom too.
Ancient blackthorn can be seen in the hedgerows at Mote Farm from March, along with crab apple trees in the orchard. In April and May, look out for pink-tinged cherry blossom on the eastern bank in the garden. From late April to May, more apple trees blossom in the orchard. Most apple blossoms have five petals and slightly woolly leaves.
The blossom seasons starts early with crab apple trees coming into flower from March into April. From April to May, cherry blossom - a term used for many different species of cherry tree - fills the garden. Later in April, over 30 different varieties of apple trees start to flower in the orchard, creating an idyllic springtime country cottage garden.
In late Spring and early Summer, butterflies start emerging across the South East. Try one of our butterfly themed downloadable walks and see if you can spot beauties like the Adonis blue on a walk at Newtimber Hill in West Sussex, or the Purple emperor at one of our Surrey Hills sites.
One of the most uplifting signs that spring is underway is the sudden appearance of bright, pastel-coloured blossom in hedgerows, parks and gardens. The sight is guaranteed to raise your spirits and to make you want to get out and about with your camera.