Spring in the garden at Moseley Old Hall

Moseley Old Hall from the orchard

The garden awakens with snowdrops in February and stretches and yawns until the full glory of daffodils and tulips flourish in April and May.

The garden is already starting to wake up as we roll into February, with Hellebores providing sprays of colour through the front garden, and snowdrops nudging through the leaf litter beneath the trees.

Snowdrops up close at Moseley Old Hall
Snowdrops up close at Moseley Old Hall
Snowdrops up close at Moseley Old Hall

Daffodils and crocuses won’t be far behind; really coming into their own throughout the gardens and farmyard as February runs into March.  Along the Nutwalk, fritillaries and winter aconites should start to raise their heads and lend colour to the mosaic of snowdrops.

Fritillaria in the Nut Walk at Moseley Old Hall
Fritillaria in the Nut Walk at Moseley Old Hall
Fritillaria in the Nut Walk at Moseley Old Hall

Into April and May, the dusky spires of Fritillaria persica will rise up as a backdrop to the sugary tones of tulip ‘Peppermintstick’ along the orchard wall. Other new arrivals include the fiery tulip ‘Cynthia’, planted through the annual border and in the parterre.

Rembrandt tulips in the garden at Moseley Old Hall
Rembrandt tulips in the garden at Moseley Old Hall
Rembrandt tulips in the garden at Moseley Old Hall

Lift your gaze just a little to find the display of bulbs matched by drifts of fruit blossom across the garden, from the apples and pears of the orchard to our distinctive quince and medlar. Chase your gaze further still, beyond the garden walls, and you can follow plum blossoms down through the meadow to our recently restored tree hide.