Blossom watch at Springhill

Springhill's Magnolia blossoms on a bright spring day

Nothing lifts the spirits quite like the season in constant bloom. The arrival of blossom is the starting sign of the season. Spring blossoms radiate joy and lift our spirits. Enjoy their sweet scents and delicate pastels as they burst into beacons of joy near you.

Magnolia is often used to describe a paint colour that is well renowned for being a neutral and fairly non-descript. However, our flowering magnolia trees at Springhill, are anything but. Around about the middle of March they burst into bloom, creating a striking display of large pink and white flowers.

Magnolia in bloom at Springhill
Magnolia in bloom at Springhill
Magnolia in bloom at Springhill

There are many different varieties of magnolia, over 200 in fact. They originate from Asia and differ in size from some small shrubs to good sized trees. Their flower shape and colour varies too, from small star shaped white flowers to large blousy, pink, cup shaped goblets. Magnolias are a very ancient plant, and a fossilised form of the same family has been dated to 20 million years old!

We have a few different varieties at Springhill, but one that always sparks interest is the one planted just beside the visitor reception, as when it comes into flower it gives off a sweet scent like white chocolate. It smells good enough to eat! The flowers don’t always last too long, as in early spring they can be at the mercy of bad weather. However, if the skies are blue and the wind is low, these beautiful big flowers can be admired for at least a couple of weeks.

Daffodils in bloom at Springhill
Daffodils in bloom at Springhill
Daffodils in bloom at Springhill

There are over 30,000 types of daffodils, so it's no surprise that their arrival is synonomous with the arrival of Spring. Each autumn at Springhill our gardeners plant up to 600 new bulbs, meaning each spring our Daffodil blossom is bigger, better and brighter. With so many different cultivars of the humble Narcissus why not visit us for a daffodil dander ffrom mid-March, and discover how many different types you can see throughout the grounds.

Bluebells galore at Springhill
Bluebells at Springhill
Bluebells galore at Springhill

Delicate bluebells, also known as wood bells, fairy flowers and wild hyacinth, start to appear late spring along woodland edges, changing the estates canvass from yellow to lilac hues.

A single Wood Anemone blossoming at Springhill
A single Wood Anemone blossoming at Springhill
A single Wood Anemone blossoming at Springhill

This delicate little blossom is one of the first spring bloosm to arrive in woodland spaces. They are a sun-loving little flower that arrive in early spring, taking in the sunlight through from under leafless canopies. A mark of the old, these start-shaped, white flowers are native to the UK, flower from March to May and, are often seen covering the floor of mature decidious and ancient woodland and are part of the Buttercup family.