The colour in the garden is continuing to evolve almost on a daily basis. The rhododendron display is building and more of the specimen trees are coming into flower.
Although the wild garden is the centre of attention at the present time it is worth exploring other areas of the park to enjoy the natural display of wild flowers
Rhododendrons & Azaleas
All colours of the rainbow are lighting up the wild garden with different hues of red, orange, pink, purple and white all on show.
Walk down the main drive where the yellow flowers of ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ will immediately catch the eye. The variety of the flowering rhododendron could not be better displayed than by large showy white flowers of loderi King George sitting next to the delicate flowers of three dwarf species.
The large pink flowers of fortunei can be seen in a number of places in the wild garden contrasting nicely with two deep red flowering species which sit next to each other of Doncaster and Grace Seabrooke.
The final clearing along the main drive known as ‘Evelyn’s glade’ contain the delightfully named species of old port, pink pearl, Mrs G W Leek and Mrs A T de la Mare.
The last week have seen a number of azalea plants come into flower, mostly yellow and orange. The strong scent of some do of have the ability to stop you in your tracks. And yes we do also have an azaleodendron which is named Glory of Littleworth. The cross has produced lovely orange and yellow flowers although the our head gardener is not so keen on the foliage.
More highlights from the Wild Garden
Follow our tree trail which will lead to the impressive snowdrop and handkerchief trees. Both are in flower at the moment and both have white flowers but that is where the similarities end. The snowdrop tree has delicate bell like flowers whereas the Handkerchief flowers (technically bracts) are big and showy blowing in the wind like handkerchiefs on a line.
Magnolias can still be seen in flower look out for the saucer-shaped flowers of wilsonii in the secret garden where two species of enckianthus can also be seen. Green alkanet is flourishing along many of the paths and a bird cherry is in flower on the left hand side after passing the Bower.
The bluebell display is now at its best; a number of patches of can be seen throughout the estate including the wild garden, Cracking Hill, Oak Wood and Weybourne Heath. On Weybourne Heath the bluebells flank the paths and in some places the white flowers of greater stitchwort are mixed in providing a nice contrast of colours.
Buttercups has turned the bulk of the parkland into sea of yellow, patches of cowslips add to the display. Primroses are still providing good colour along the parkland edges where cowslips are also a feature.