Spring Has Well And Truly Sprung!

This was supposed to be a blog post about the fact that Spring has arrived and how everything feels fresh and alive. However, the weather we’ve been experiencing at Chartwell over the last week or so has been more akin to the height of Summer! Our weather station recorded localized temperatures of over 27 degrees centigrade today! In March! Our plants still know that it’s only Spring though and despite the lack of rain they really are putting on an impressive display right now. They say that every picture is worth a thousand words so I think I’ll let my camera do the talking for this post and try to show some of the floriferous highlights that you can expect to see if you come and visit us soon…

These Fritillaria imperialis are in flower at the bottom of the Orchard path right now. You can smell them before you see them! Have a peek inside the blooms for a bonus visual treat.

There are dozens of these amazing Snake's Head Fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) doing their thing near the cascades if you venture slightly off the pathway.

These delightfully-named Skunk Cabbage plants (Lysichiton americanus) can be seen on the far side of the Golden Orfe Pond where you won't be able to smell their pungent odour! Interesting fact: they are pollinated by flies!

These Snowflakes (Leucojum vernum) gave us a shock when they flowered early back in the Autumn, but thankfully they've had a second wind and are looking fantastic again now.

There are many different Magnolia trees covered in gorgeous flowers at Chartwell right now. This little bee is enjoying our Magnolia x loebneri 'Merril'...

...while this Magnolia denudata is offset perfectly against the bright blue Kent sky.

The Butterfly Walk is the place to check out our cute collection of Scilla siberica.

Blossom doesn't come much more beautiful than on this ornamental flowering cherry (Prunus 'Pandora') at the front of the house.

The award for the sweetest scent right now probably goes to this pair of Skimmia japonica shrubs under the Marlborough Pavillion pergola.

These Daphne mezereum are a recent addition to the gardens at Chartwell. They can be found in the Winter Border...

...as can these unusual Stachyurus praecox wall shrubs...

...these delightful, shade-loving Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White'...

...and much more besides, including the dozens of Spring bulbs such as this Chionodoxa 'Pink Giant'.

These pictures show just a taste of the wonderful plants you can discover in the gardens at Chartwell this Spring. We hope to see you all there in the near future…

Jamie

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2 responses to “Spring Has Well And Truly Sprung!

  1. Rhiannon Harris

    27 degrees?!!

    I can’t believe how much everything has come on since I left – it’s crazy. I hope there are still Magnolias in bloom when I get back!

  2. Fingers crossed!

    Well done on the Young Horticulturalist result by the way!!

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