What to see in the garden this spring

Magnolias in the Wall Garden

March denotes the start of spring, a time that was traditionally called “springing time” - a reference to plants “springing” from the ground. It’s an exciting time for a gardener, spying on the rapid efforts of plants emerging from grass or bare soil, revealing such fresh, perfectly untouched foliage and clean colours that hail the start of the season.

Magnificent magnolias in the forecourt garden at Nymans, West Sussex
Magnolias in the forecourt garden at Nymans
Magnificent magnolias in the forecourt garden at Nymans, West Sussex

Early spring

Early spring at Nymans is about sensing the faintest warmth on your face despite the cool air as you stroll the long avenues and paths of the garden, pausing in a pool of sunshine to contemplate a drift of pastel-coloured bulbs or the myriad swelling buds on slender branch tips. As it is across the wider landscape, spring here is about savouring the rush of new growth and anticipating the wonders to come.

Stephen Herrington deadheading in the garden
Stephen Herrington deadheading in the garden
Stephen Herrington deadheading in the garden

Garden jobs

March sits at the turning point between winter and spring and for this reason Jack Frost is likely to visit from time to time. This means we need to be careful when deciding which garden jobs to carry out during the month. More frequently sunny and longer days provide the opportunity to tackle a range of tasks but unfortunately it also encourages the weeds to grow again as temperatures slowly rise.

Preparing the croquet lawn for re-turfing
Preparing the croquet lawn for re-turfing
Preparing the croquet lawn for re-turfing

This month the team is preparing to finish laying turf on the Croquet Lawn as part of a larger and historic project that includes the planting of a long stretch of rock wall. With the help of our volunteers we hope to finish pruning the many hydrangeas in the garden as well as cut back the colourful dogwoods to ensure fresh growth will provide vibrant stem colour again next autumn.