The Garden in Early Spring
The Museum’s garden is beginning to come to life for spring, and we thought you might like to see some photographs of it.
The dominant flower at the end of February was the snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis).
Clumps of it were in flower throughout the garden in the borders …
…but there were also drifts of these simple white flowers under the two ancient yew trees to the side of the house.
Other spring flowers in the borders included clumps of sweetly scented primroses (Primula vulgaris)
Lung Wort (Pulmonaria officialis)
And cheerful clumps of Crocus bulbs…before the birds attack them!
The Lenten Roses ( Helleborus orientalis) looked beautiful dotted in clumps among the border facing the house
The scented shrubs are still in bloom and on a warm, still day they scent the garden:
The lemon scented flowers of the Winter Flowering Honeysuckle are still attracting many bees on warm sunny days (of which we have had quite a few recently)
And the small clumps of Sarcococca (Sweet Box) with their tiny but pungent honey-sweet fragrance
scent the borders opposite the house entrance.
The fig tree , growing along the wall, is also showing promise for the late summer,
with its crop of tiny embryonic figs that have survived the winter and will either drop off or be picked off, to make room for this year’s new crop of fruit.
We shall follow the garden on the blog as it develops throughout the seasons, and we hope you will enjoy these virtual visits as much as our “real” visitors do.