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Blooming spring beauties at Escot

As the days grow longer, Escot Estate undergoes a breathtaking transformation. From January to April, nature puts on a dazzling display with an array of vibrant spring flowers, signalling the arrival of a new season.

Let’s take a journey through the Estate and our gardens and explore some of the iconic blooms that grace our fields, gardens, and woodlands in the run up to the summer months.

January

In January, the first hints of spring emerge as snowdrops push through the ground, popping up on verges, woodlands and gardens with delicate clusters of white blooms. These resilient flowers are a welcome sight after the long winter months. Their arrival heralds the gradual awakening of the natural world.

Cluster of snowdrops

February

As February unfolds, more early bloomers take centre stage: the cheerful colours of crocuses and cyclamen.  Crocuses are not only a delight to behold but also serve as an essential food source for early-emerging pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, helping to kickstart the spring ecosystem. Cyclamen brings not just colour, but is also used to treat a variety of ailments – cyclamen tea, anyone?

Naturalised cyclamen at Escot Estate

March

March marks the beginning of the flowering season. Daffodils steal the spotlight, their sunny-yellow trumpets heralding the arrival of spring in full force. These iconic flowers, immortalized in poetry (perhaps best known is Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud), are synonymous with rebirth and new beginnings. Whether clustered in drifts along our terrace or gracing the borders and containers in the garden of Escot House, daffodils never fail to uplift the spirit and evoke a sense of joy.

April

From March until April, depending on weather conditions, you may well catch the sweet scent of hyacinths. These always feature in our garden containers, as they are great performers, with an array  of colours including pink, purple, blue, and white, and add a touch of elegance to the spring garden. Their tightly packed blooms, arranged in dense spikes, create a stunning visual display and attract pollinators in search of nectar, enriching the biodiversity of the landscape.

Meanwhile, camellias are at their best just now. They often start flowering a little early and get caught by the frost, but established plants like those in our gardens are pretty robust and have a second wind in March and April ready to attract bees and butterflies in search of pollen.

Tulips are also starting to bloom, although they battle to stay upright in all the rain we’ve been having recently. They’re a firm favourite at Escot, as they offer such a range of colours and varieties. Our containers invariably include displays of bright tulips.

May

You may already see the first signs of bluebells in our woodlands, emerging from beneath the forest canopy, ready to produce a carpet of azure-blue flowers in late April and early May. These iconic blooms create a spectacle like no other, transforming the forest floor into a fairy-tale landscape. It can be hard to capture the effect of the blue running throughout the woods. Bluebells have a sweet fragrance that attracts bees and other pollinators. The sea of blue creates a sense of tranquillity and serenity.

As spring unfolds, each flower adds its own unique charm to the tapestry of the season. From the delicate snowdrops of January to the vibrant tulips of April and the tranquil bluebells in May, each bloom serves as a reminder of nature’s resilience and beauty. For walkers on the Estate, conference and wedding parties at Escot House, and our family, these bursts of colour give a real uplift, especially when there are way too many grey days! More blue skies, please!

Bluebells in Black Aller Woods

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