The sights and smells of spring at Snowshill

Well Court at Snowshill Manor and Garden in spring

May and June are a great time to visit to see the garden bursting to life after the long winter.

The air is filled with the sound of birdsong, and the ponds are filled with all manner of wildlife. The plants, held back with the late spring, are now bursting into flower. The blossom is starting to make its appearance in the orchards, wonderful news for the bees, and the wild flowers that were planted under the apple trees are beginning to peak through the grass.

Wild garlic

In May the scent of wild garlic will be unmistakable, and if this heady smell makes you hungry you can try all manner of culinary delights in which it features in the tea-room later in the spring.

Wild garlic
Wild garlic
Wild garlic

In the long border the tall blue flowers of the carmassias make a striking show, set next to the honesty, a lovely old fashioned plant whose pretty flowers scent the air. The bookshop is a lovely place to visit, for a quite perusal of the books, or to admire the late narcissus which grow near the door.

The swallows return

Stand for a while in Well Court and take in the view, then watch as the returning swallows swoop in and out of Santa Maria byre and the swifts and house martins dip under the eaves of the Manor.