Springtime at Lyveden, Northamptonshire

Spring blossom with the garden lodge in the background

Put a 'spring' in your step with a walk around the grounds at Lyveden this springtime. What will you find as Lyveden 'wakes up' from winter?

Here's a quick guide to help you know what to look for in the grounds as Lyveden comes alive with an array of spring colour.

To experience the gardens as Sir Thomas intended, why not start your walk in the orchard and work your way up to the garden lodge, exploring the garden features on your way.

The spiral mounds and the raised terrace offer a great view of the surrounding Northamptonshire countryside.

Joys of spring

Our historic orchard bursts with the white and pink blossoms of a variety of fruit trees.  Be sure to come back in autumn to see whether it's been a fruitful harvest!

The orchard bursts into life with white and pink blossoms
White and Pink blossom in the orchard
The orchard bursts into life with white and pink blossoms

In early spring, the raised terrace and moat banks will come to life with a carpet of yellow primroses and cowslips.

Primroses along the moat

The woodland floor comes alive with wildflowers such as violets, primroses, Lady's smock and cowslips.

Over the last couple of winters, our outdoor team have been busy planting spring-flowering bulbs in the woodlands and around our oak tree.  Be on the lookout for bluebells in the woods and crocuses and daffodils under the oak tree as the bulbs settle.

Cowslips at Lyveden

Our volunteer Cottage Tearoom gardeners will begin bringing the cottage garden back to life after the winter. Look out for daffodils and tulips as spring progresses.

As the garden starts to blossom, stay updated by following our #FlowerOfTheWeek feature on Facebook and Twitter.