The garden in spring at Lytes Cary Manor

Fruit trees in blossom in the orchard at Lytes Cary Manor

As the days get lighter, the first flowers of spring create a carpet of colour.

Spring is one of the most magical times of the year at Lytes Cary. From the earliest crocuses to late spring's camassias, there's a lot to gladden the heart in both the garden and throughout the estate. 

Anemones and daffofills flower near reception and can be seen in the old orchard in early spring. It is a joy for bulb and blossom lovers as April brings delicate snakehead fritilleries. Later in the spring there's a splendid show of camassias in the orchard, while the garden is filled with pots of tulips brightening odd corners.

The new cherry orchard will be blossoming as well. It was created a few years ago when an old tennis court was removed to create a separate romantic and peaceful space.

A walk out on the estate is always worthwhile too, when the blackthorne, hawthorne and cherry plum trees along the White walk will be flowering. 

Some of the grass pathways in the garden are closed at the minute. This is to help protect them after the winter and recent rains. All the hardstanding paths around the garden are open, expect one through the Apostle Garden, which is being restored. This work should take about two weeks to complete.