What To See In March

Double snowdrops Galanthus nivalis Flore Plena

Double snowdrops Galanthus nivalis Flore Plena (Photo credit: Peter Cunnington)

Cafe Courtyard

In a corner under the wall a tub of Laurustinus, Viburnum tinus, is showing its pink-budded white flowers. As yet there is no sign of the damage that may be done by the Viburnum Beetle. Hanging baskets are always good for colour at this time of year, here several are displaying pansies in purple and yellow.

Walled Garden

Glasshouse – Many of the so called hot house plants, will continue to grow as light and temperature reach the required levels. Look out for the orange flowers of Clivia. Seedlings of various flowers and vegetables have begun to germinate in the protected environment of the glasshouse and tubers of Dahlias are now sprouting ready for cuttings to be taken.

Vegetable – All last year’s crops have been cleared ready for the ground to be prepared for another productive season. Hygiene is important in order to avoid attack from pests and diseases and with this in mind all remaining vegetation has been carefully removed and the beds manured.

Flower garden – In the long border behind the glasshouse the Lenten Rose, Helleborus x hybridus, is opening its long-lasting flowers in shades of burgundy, white and pink. A programme of replanting the four flower beds has been completed with a more structured approach to planting, so we look forward to an improved display this year.

Rhododendron arboreum hybrid

Leave the Garden by the Arched Gateway

Cross the drive into the Sunken Garden where much effort has gone into weeding and tidying up in recent weeks, go through the gate and down the steps to noticing the under-planting of the Hydrangeas with common snowdrops.

In the less formal areas beyond the front of the Manor, snowdrops are making a significant contribution, the most abundant being double snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Plena’ both in areas under trees and in long grass. Snowdrops have become naturalised in many parts of the United Kingdom having been brought to our shores by the Romans, or so it is thought.  The near-by, novelty willow structures have been pruned ready for another season of growth.

Orchard Area – Below the orchard a large Rhododendron is opening its red flowers: this is Rhododendron x nobleanum an old favourite with Edwardian gardeners, whilst under the sycamores more snowdrops, and crocus, look fine in all weathers.

Flower Beds Replanting

Connie and Jane replanting flower beds in the walled garden (Photo credit: Peter Cunnington)