Bulbs and blossom for spring at Montacute
With spring comes longer and brighter days. The garden is starting to come into its own after winter, with bulbs emerging, blossom opening in the sunshine and the sweet scents of the first flowers of the season.
Spring time at Montacute House means tulips. Thousands of bulbs were planted over the winter, most of them being different mixes of tulips: you’ll find 'Mystery' in the newly planted borders round South Lodge, while the traditional reds and yellows bring a welcome hit of colour to East Court.
It’s always difficult to predict exactly when the tulips will emerge so keep an eye on our facebook page, where we are bound to show off with a photo or six – we’d love to see your pics too. Once the tulips do start flowering (probably around mid March), the fabulous display normally lasts for about four weeks.
While the tulips are flowering, the garden team will be running special Tulip Tours every day. The 20-30min tours will cover history, myths and how these glorious flowers are used in Montacute garden. Ask at reception for more details.
Don’t limit your visit to the gardens; get out into the parkland, where the apple trees will be dressed for a party from late April through till May. There are newly planted saplings to admire in Hornhay orchard: the Ranger team recently planted about 70 varieties of apples, continuing conservation work begun in 2016 when a nationally important collection of cider trees was planted throughout National Trust properties in South Somerset. Orchards create a range of habitats that support wildlife, but the delicate beauty of the blossom is an added bonus.
The garden is open every day from 10am till 5pm. The parkland is accessible any time.