The delicate beauty of older variants of narcissus, long overlooked, is back in fashion as more gardeners celebrate spring with heritage daffodils.
They are a symbol of spring and perhaps the best flower to sum up our love of gardening. For some, daffodils are all about big and bold strong varieties but increasingly we have developed a love affair with the more beguiling and delicate heritage varieties where no two flowers are the same.
Early spring jobs in the garden
The next few weeks will see the beginning of the busy season, the job list lengthening with the daylight. It can be a month of contrasts, too, with wind and frost set to challenge the first of spring growth.
So it may still be a time for planning, but there’s winter work to do to make way for the tasks that are targeted at the growing season
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A slightly later season for snowdrops means there’s still time to get out and see wonder displays of Galanthus elwesii in a number of settings.
Snowdrops seem to signal the slow passage of early spring. They appear in January and should reach their full glory in February.
With beavers released in Cornwall and a breeding family on the River Otter in Devon, it’s easy to believe that the species is back in Britain for good, but a lot needs to be done to secure its future.
They are an unusual, characterful species, and far from liked by all.
Creating a biomass fuel from a nuisance shrub provides a better environment and is great for gardeners.
When it’s cold and the days are still short, there’s nothing like an evening by the fire to lift your mood.
The next two Specialist Plant Sales, will be held by The Generous Gardener, on Friday March 23rd 10.00am – 1.00pm and Friday April 27th 10am - 1pm, at The Coach House Garden, in Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, GL7 5RY.
If you are keen to learn the secrets of the ‘No Dig’ approach to vegetable gardens then Charles Dowding is giving a lecture in Shepton Mallet on Wednesday, 21st February at his garden at Alhampton, Shepton Mallet.
Chawton House near Alton is officially part of the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival and opens its 14-acre gardens on Sunday, 25th February from 11am to 4.30pm.
A cottage garden with colour themed borders, pleached limes and hidden gems, leading over a chalk stream to a shady area which has some unusual plants. Plenty of areas just to sit and enjoy the wildlife. Wire bird sculptures by local artist.
Open for the NGS: Thursday 7th September, 2pm-5pm. Admission £4, children free. Cream teas. Visitors also welcome by arrangement.
Nick Macer and James Hitchmough (who pioneered flower meadows at the 2012 Olympic Park) have been extensively involved in this developing garden, started in 2010 following completion of the house, with formal gardens, a perennial meadow, pinetum and an arboretum.
Open for the NGS: Sunday 27th August, 2pm-5pm. Admission £10, children free, with home- made teas included in admission. Pre-booking essential, please visit www.ngs.org.uk/events or phone 01483 211535 for information & booking. Partial wheelchair access.
Described as one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest English landscapes Croome is the perfect place to escape the crowds. Acres of parkland peppered with statues, temples and follies await your discovery with the lake a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the tranquility or perhaps enjoy a stroll along the river.
The court, the centrepiece of Croome’s great estate and seat of the Coventry family for more than 600 years, tells its story in new and inventive ways with exhibitions and installations.