Spring in the garden at Moseley Old Hall

Spring in 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 first signs of spring begin as the snowdrops peep out from the old leaves on the ground of the nutwalk. They shine like tiny white jewels in the dark of February.

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

They are swiftly followed by the daffodils and narcissus in March and April, flourishing in the orchard and farmyard. Along the nutwalk and knot garden the bell-like fritillaria add colour.
 

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

Then the apple and pear blossom explodes in the orchard, swiftly followed by the glamourous Rembrandt tulips in late April and May. Finally, Moseley's very special medlar and quince trees blossom at the end of May.

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