We are planning some mass plantings of spring bulbs over the next few years to provide lots more interest in the Garden, once the snowdrops have finished their annual flowering. As the days lengthen noticeably in March, these early spring flowers bring some of the first splashes of colour to the Garden and are a harbinger of warmer times to come.
This autumn, generously funded by our Friends and the contributions our visitors have made via our onsite donation box, we are planting 20,000 daffodils and 5,000 crocus in one half of the Orchard. Purple-flowered Crocus 'Ruby Giant' and yellow-flowered Crocus 'Romance' will flower from February into March, followed by daffodils King Alfred, Tamara and Ice Follies, flowering into April.
We started with a work party on Tuesday 25th September, and have already planted 10,000 of these bulbs. Our friendly team of gardeners and regular volunteers would be really pleased to welcome you between now and 5th October if you can spare a few hours to help out. Bring a trowel and a spade - and perhaps even a friend - and we'll all get stuck in together! We’ll provide refreshments and all instructions. If you can't stay all day, you'd be very welcome for as many hours as you can spare. If you can help us, please email our Head Gardener Roger on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.