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Early spring also sees the flowering of magnificent white magnolia by the stables. In early April the little cherry orchard urfurls creamy blossom. Later, in the walled gardens, you’ll find fruit trees displaying pink and white flowers, and on the estate walk hedgerows are bright with clusters of pretty white blackthorn blossom.
In spring, Hinton Ampner’s orchard is full of frothy creamy-white and soft pink Japanese cherry blossom. First to appear are the soft pink double flowers of variety ‘Kanzan’. Tiny white star-shaped wood anemone litter the long grass. In April, the blowsy cream blooms of Mount Fuji appear, weighing branches down towards the ground. In the walled kitchen garden espaliered fruit trees bear tight clusters of pink and white flowers.
The Vyne’s orchard is lovely place to wander at this time of year - plum, pear and apple trees start to reveal tiny cream and candy-pink flowers – a picture-postcard scene. If you visit in late spring, make sure you stroll through the Wild Garden. Its little cherry trees produce large displays of pale pink flowers on either side of the track.
On this beautiful oasis of chalk downland you’ll find plenty of spring blossom, which makes walking a delight for the senses. Blackthorn is one of the first wild blossoms to appear – look for small white flowers with pink anthers set in thorny scrub. A little later comes hawthorn, or ‘May’ – a rich food source for birds, insects and…dormice. They love munching on the flowers.
Take time to admire spring blossom, whether this be from your window, down the street on your daily exercise or in your garden if you’re lucky enough to have it grow there. You can also learn more about how these floral wonders support wildlife.
In Hampshire, you can explore the soft beauty of the autumn landscape on one of our many downloadable trails. There are acres of ancient russet-coloured woodland, parkland and fields to stroll through at The Vyne, Mottisfont and Hinton Ampner. Some of the walks take in quiet lanes and pretty villages too. Or discover the wild heaths, mires and panoramic views of the New Forest.
August’s mix of sunshine and showers has been good to National Trust gardens in Hampshire. It has prolonged floral colour at Hinton Ampner and encouraged leafy produce in Mottisfont’s kitchen garden. The fruit orchard at The Vyne is preparing for a bumper crop. Indulge in a peaceful September visit whilst the warm weather lingers.