Spring Garden at The Firs

Dawne Middleton, Gardener to Sir Edward Elgar Dawne Middleton Gardener to Sir Edward Elgar
late spring garden at the firs

Stand up, stretch your arms out wide and look up into the blue skies above!

The daffodils are doing just that in our garden and the primroses are smiling up at you, but snowdrops are shy and so are keeping their heads bowed down.

Do come along and take a peek at what’s popping through the soil in the garden beds; it’s another year and another miracle of nature - little white tips of hidden shoots are starting to work their way up saying ‘Hello, we’re back we were only resting!’

Snowdrops at The Firs
Snowdrops at The Firs
Snowdrops at The Firs

  Cottage Garden

Come and see the beauty of the cottage garden. We have a symphony of cyclamen cascading across the garden and harmonious groups of hellebores in white, yellow and pink with their spotted faces hanging down - you’ll need to get low to get the best views of them! These delicate blooms will soon have to make way for the riotous yellow daffodils and red tulips that will shout and sway to attract your attention as you walk by.

Listen to the beech hedge as you enter the garden, the brown leaves from last year’s growth rustles as you walk through the gate as if they are introducing you to Sir Edward and his garden!

Pink Cyclamen Carpet at The Firs
Pink Cyclamen Carpet at The Firs
Pink Cyclamen Carpet at The Firs

The Orchard

The bees are here already! They’ve searched out the blossoms and have started busying themselves collecting pollen.

Blossom and Bee at The Firs
Blossom and Bee at The Firs
Blossom and Bee at The Firs

The Woodland

Our birdboxes are in place and we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll have new residents within a couple of months. To help with this we’ve stocked up on speciality bird feeds to attract a wider range of feathery friends, such as great tits, goldfinches, robins, blackbirds, blue tits, chaffinches, sparrows and green woodpeckers.

Our hedgehog house has had visitors in the evenings; we’ve seen pathways of vegetation trampled down so we may be lucky and have someone hibernating in there. We’ll have to wait and see as the weather warms up and the smaller mammals awake and show themselves.

The worms in the wormery are still a little cold and drowsy but they’ll start wriggling awake soon. The rooms at the bug hotel were ‘fully booked’ over the winter months so hopefully we’ll see an abundance of ladybirds and butterflies very soon!

Hedgehog House
Hedgehog House
Hedgehog House