The bluebell is one of our best-loved British flowers. They don’t like change or disturbance, preferring ancient woods where the ground has lain undisturbed for years, like those at Ashridge and Blickling. The British bluebell has had many practical uses throughout the ages. Did you know that the bluebell’s bulb contains muselage and inulin, which was used as a glue for fixing feathers to arrows and for bookbinding? The Elizabethans used the starch-like juice from the bluebell bulb to stiffen their fancy ruff collars.
Gardens in East Anglia
In East Anglia, we’re lucky to have so many gardens that showcase the very best of this seasons blooms. See for yourself and enjoy a little beauty, as we head into spring.
Today we are increasingly aware of the therapeutic benefits gardening brings us: fresh air, exercise, a shared hobby, a connection to the seasons and the natural world, and a constant source of joy and hope. Never have there been more reasons to dedicate time to gardening, whether you have been growing for years or are just becoming interested.
The National Trust School of Gardening
From herbaceous borders to sustainable gardening, The National Trust School of Gardening by Rebecca Bevan is inspired by 300 years of horticultural history and top tips from our gardeners. With clear and practical advice for garden development and beautiful pictures, this guide is suitable for all experience levels. Buy a copy from our online shop.
22 Apr 21
The historical uses of beautiful bluebells
15 Apr 21
The symbolic meaning of tulip colours
Colourful displays of tulips have to be one of the highlights of spring. Bold and beautiful, they create quite the impact when planted together, but also make the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. There are thousands of these bulbs planted in the gardens at Anglesey Abbey, Wimpole, Blickling, Felbrigg, Peckover and Ickworth. However, did you know that different colours symbolise different things? Red tulips represent true love, white tulips say 'I'm sorry' and purple tulips symbolize royalty.
30 Mar 21
The legend of hyacinth
The hyacinth is a spring favourite for many. However did you know that their origin can be traced back to Greek mythology? Legend has it that Apollo, the sun god, and Zephyr, the god of the west wind, both competed for the attention of a young man named Hyakinthos. The story goes that Hyakinthos was unintentionally killed and the blue flower that grew from his blood was named “Hyacinth” to symbolise constancy and sincerity. We plant them in large blocks at Anglesey Abbey and Blickling Estate to create even more of a colourful impact.