Spring outdoors in Oxfordshire

Leaves are unfurling and buds are bursting into colour at our places in and around Oxfordshire. There's the striking colourblock bulbs at Greys Court, inspired by Lady Iliffe's patchwork quilt, the intimate garden of Nuffield Place and the sweeping landscapes of Stowe with pockets of crocus and daffodils to enjoy.

Close up of white cherry blossom in the walled gardens at Greys Court

Greys Court 

At Greys Court, the traditional patchwork of spring bulbs in the bed by the maze is back by popular demand back this year. The geometric design is inspired by the pattern on Lady Brunner’s patchwork quilt. Scent is a strong feature too as the Wintersweet comes into its own in early spring along with the Sarcococca, followed by the Cherry blossom towards the end of March. There are so many varieties of cherry that the blossom display changes each week as different trees come into flower in sequence.

Nuffield Place house with spring flowers blooming in front of it

Nuffield Place 

The garden at Nuffield Place is gradually being restored to its former glory and already each area has its own character. The borders are particularly fine and are just starting to grow again after their winter's rest, and the colourful bulbs are gorgeously coming into their own in the beds.

A clump of primroses

Basildon Park 

Choose from one of 4 way-marked walks to discover signs of spring at Basildon Park. Follow the green walk for the chance to see some impressive views of the mansion through the trees across the parkland; on any of the walks look out for spring flowers such as violets, cowslips, cherry blossom and primroses. 

Purple crocus in the winter sunlight

Stowe

As spring develops at Stowe, walk to find pockets of daffodils covering the hills, Wood and Blue anemones on the rocky banks, Turks head tulips, Crocuses, Snake's head and imperial fritillaries and Aconites to name a few, sitting in the backdrop of Grecian style temples.

Centaurea at Chastleton

Chastleton 

The garden at Chastleton still retains the divisions of its Jacobean past. Cloudlike topiary hedges, a busy kitchen garden and romantic 'wilderness' await at this 'secret' garden tucked away in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

Daffodils and scillas in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor 

Washes of colour fill the garden at this time of year, with the parterre predominantly blue, yellow and orange. In late May our gardeners begin the summer bedding changeover so expect stunning displays of petunia, begonia and marigolds in our bedding.