I paid a very fleeting visit to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens earlier this week. Although the snowdrops have finished there was a lot of colour as more spring flowers are coming into bloom.
The very pretty flowers of Bleeding Heart
Espalier fruit tree starting to blossom
These plants - Fritilliaria Imperialis Aurora Crown Imperial - are stunning and when the flowers have finished blooming the seedheads are very impressive too
There were plenty of daffodils in flower
Outside the main walled garden there were some dandelions flowering
Last year I was thrilled to find a display of Snakeshead's Fritillaries all around the West Pond and they are just starting to flower again
South Pond, wooded area and stumpery
Marsh Marigold - we seem to have lost the few plants we had around our pond at home so it was nice to see a clump of kingcups in this pond
A view along Holly Walk towards the Summer House. This 170 metre long path hedged with variegated holly runs all the way across the Garden from the Green House to the Summer House. I read recently that these holly hedges are possibly the oldest cultivated bushes in Britain.
Finally, a clump of primroses
I failed to see any butterflies but there were plenty of blackbirds, great and blue tits, robins, magpies, crows and wood pigeons to keep me company as I strolled around.
The Summer Season at the Gardens opens this weekend for more details of the gardens, opening hours and admission prices please visit:
Returning to normality . . .
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