Gardens Update February
After some wintery weather over the last few weeks the gardening team have welcomed the milder, sunny days. We've been able to start clearing away the dead material from flower beds to make way for the new shoots of spring.
We even have some spring bulbs beginning to show with Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrops), Crocus and Cyclamen around the Floral Labyrinth and Orangery. If you happen to take a walk up towards the Italian garden’s tea room, you'll spot our early flowering Narcissus 'February Gold' popping up to spread some spring cheer. In and around the estate there are many cultivars of Hellebore beginning to put on a magnificent show of colour, with the spring meadow in the woodland showcasing some really unusual and spectacular hybrids. Catching them on a bright, early morning with the light intensifying their colours is a must.
The last few weeks have been busy for the woodland team who have been mulching around the variety of shrubs and trees around the lake. Applying mulch now helps to retain water over the coming seasons and keeps weeds from growing around the base of the plant. The 'zig zag' area is beginning to explode with the intense yellow and orange of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise' and 'Jolena' (Witch Hazel). On a sunny day their spicy fragrance radiates and intermingles with the sweet scent of 50 newly planted Sarcococca confusa (Sweet Box). Over the next few weeks you'll notice the multi-headed Narcissus 'Thalia' emerging to punctuate the banks in drifts of this pure white and scented Daffodil. Come autumn you'll spot 70 various cultivars of Liquidambar (Sweet Gum) providing rich purple and red tones to combine with the oranges and yellows of the Hamamelis. As you walk through the woodland, you'll notice the team have been hard at work on our stumpery area by recycling some of our most unusual and architectural pieces of wood from across the estate. These act as an excellent back drop to new plantings of 150 Helleborus x hybridus and 150 evergreen and deciduous ferns. We're all very excited to see how this area is going to develop over the coming years!
Rose pruning has commenced on our large collection of David Austin Roses in the Italian gardens. With the size of our climbing roses this has meant we've had to erect scaffolding to reach up to the top of the trellis! At over 4 meters high, the 130 meter long cast iron trellis was built in 1843 and is Grade 2 listed. The team have been tying in the long shoots loosely into the frame and pruning back some of the stems to encourage strong growth in the coming season. The sight of scent of roses can evoke some nostalgic feelings for our customers as they take a stroll through our trellis walk and alongside the border. Elsewhere in the Italian gardens the team have been busy weeding the flower beds and pruning back our beautiful pleached Tilia hedge in the upper flower garden. You’ll also notice that our spring bulbs are starting the emerge here, promising a blazing spring display. We'll also have many new spring bulbs making an appearance throughout the Italian gardens in some exciting displays with 20 new benches to enjoy them from!
Across in the Eastern Pleasure Gardens seed lists are beginning to come together with planning going into the annual flower and vegetable display in the Potager. The gardening team will soon be busy propagating and raising these plants behind the scenes. Green manure has been dug thoroughly into the potager beds to provide nutrient content, and a framework of grasses and perennials have been added to the raised beds in preparation of the annual flower display. Many customers spoke highly of our Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea's) last year so we'll be bringing these back for 2019 to compliment the scheme. If you pop into the greenhouse, you'll soon see a display of Hyacinths and Narcissus 'Paperwhites.'
With so much colour beginning to appear across the estate each day, we encourage you to come and enjoy it with us and share your experience on Instagram using #trenthamgardens and #trenthamestate. Our gardening team are always on hand answer any questions you have as you stroll around!
Monthly Garden Tips
- Cut back evergreen grasses
- Prune winter flowering shrubs
- Prepare vegetable seed beds and clean seed trays ready for sowing
- Prune Roses back cutting out and dead, diseased and crossing branches