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Things to look out for at Holehird Gardens in the Spring

After a long chilly winter, a sense of spring cheer is well and truly here, and the gardens are looking glorious this season.

Our volunteer gardeners have been busy throughout the winter, continuing to work in the gardens to brighten your visit. There is an array of bulbs from the early snowdrops that give way to a succession of daffodils, muscari, tulips, alliums and martagon lilies. The upper meadow is a wonderful sight in early spring, carpeted with Narcissus pseudonarcissus, a native wild daffodil.

In both the Davidia and Winter-Spring borders, the hellebores look elegant with nodding blooms in shades of green, white, pink, yellow or ruby. Spring is the best time to look closely at the alpines in the Rock Garden, as well as the choice of specimens highlighted in the Alpine Display House.

As spring progresses, the camelias, azaleas and rhododendrons provide a background tapestry of colour to the driveway and upper garden. Specimen trees such as Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’ and Malus ‘Sun Rival’ AGM in the Walled Garden are singular delights.

The woodland walk is flushed with erythroniums, trilliums and pulmonaria, as well as many varieties of acer unfurling their array of colour. The magnificent Sequoia sempervirens (Californian redwood) is carpeted underneath with cyclamen.

In late spring, look out for rich blue spires of camassia, with their striking star-shaped flowers on tall stems, and the white and bright purple pom-poms of alliums.

 

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