Spring in the garden at Mottisfont
Discover delightful displays of blossom and greenery as you stroll along our riverside pathways. Our gardens burst to life in spring, from colourful sprouting bulbs to newly hatched ducklings and cygnets taking to the water.
We've planted masses of mixed, naturalising bulbs under ancient trees, in the winter garden, the walled gardens, and in the cherry orchard. Maud Russell’s head gardener, Mr Buckle, started the tradition of ‘bulk planting’ a single plant variety which has since been adopted by subsequent head gardeners.
Bright yellow daffodils are always a cheering sight. In our gardens, you'll find big, colourful displays spread out near the font, and clustered by the pathways of the winter garden.
Crocuses create a pretty pattern underneath an archway of magnolia, which will blossom with its own distinctive white flowers during the spring. Nearby, a carpet of periwinkle blue chionodoxa sweeps down the lime tree avenue in April.
Tulips in the parterre, lime walk and 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.
Spring in our new Kitchen Garden
The first spring vegetables will be planted in our new Kitchen Garden in early March: mixed salad leaves and perennial herbs, including medieval varieties that would once have been planted here in the old priory gardens.
We'll also be planting out the apple 'Bloody Ploughman’, which will in time become a structural feature trained as a Belgium fence, and a number of grape vine varieties in the pergola beds to complement the gourd displays later in the year.
Planting structures made from estate coppiced hazel will be prepared during March and April, and we should see an early modest display of apple blossom appearing on the young apple trees which surround the water feature.
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.