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Holehird Gardens in March
- The small knoll (seen above) next to the viewpoint near the car park is always a delight in early spring. The highlights change as the season progresses but plants include snowdrops, crocuses, dwarf narcissus and snake's head fritillaries (fritillaria meleagris AGM). The wild daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, has the stage to itself in the extensive daffodil meadow below the Rock Garden.
- Further along the Upper Drive, the Winter Heather Beds are at their best now. Cultivars of Erica carnea provide a rich tapestry of contrasting flowers and foliage. The white flower of the delightfully named 'Foxhollow Fairy' shines amongst the brighter colours, but will lose that distinction as it turns to pink, with pink sepals, as it ages. Part of the Winter Heather Bed has recently been replanted and it will be interesting to observe its development as it matures over the coming years.
- Belying its name, the Winter Border is still full of interest in early spring. As well as a wide variety of hellebores, pulmonaria and spring bulbs, there are a number of flowering shrubs which add height, structure and delicate colour at this time of year. Look out for Edgworthia chrysantha 'Red Dragon', with its unusual clusters of orange-red flowers on long, flexible branches, and Corylopsis pauciflora with its delicate primrose yellow scented flowers. There is nothing delicate about the red foliage of Euphorbia 'Redwing' which provides a contrasting splash of colour at ground level.