Spring in the garden at Mottisfont
Our gardens burst to life in spring, from sprouting bulbs to newly hatched ducklings and cygnets on the river. Discover delightful displays of blossom and greenery as you stroll through our grounds and riverside pathways.
We've planted masses of mixed, naturalising bulbs under ancient trees, in the winter garden, the walled gardens, and in the cherry orchard. These newly planted bulbs include narcissi, fritalaria, leucojium, cyclamen and crocus.
Maud Russell’s head gardener, Mr Buckle, started the ‘bulk planting’ of single plant variety which has since been adopted by subsequent head gardeners.
Our regular planting of tulips in the parterre, the short lime walk, and the central walled garden provide the finale of our bulb showcase, leading into early-flowering roses. Depending on the weather conditions, our rose collection may start blooming in May, ahead of their main flowering season in June.
Developing a new garden
Following a fundraising appeal, we’re currently developing the third walled garden, known as the ‘frameyard’. Soft landscaping works are planned to finish in early-mid spring, after which we'll begin planting - the final stage before we fully open this new garden. You're welcome to come and take a look as we work, and find out more about the project.
Bluebells on the wider estate
Out on the wider estate, our ancient woodlands put on a wildflower show for spring. Species such as lady's smock (also known as the cuckoo flower), celandines and bluebells begin to cover the meadows and woodland floor.
Our estate walk is the best way to see this annual flowering.