Woodland and Lakeside Update - March

Here around the woodland and lakeside, we have had some relief from the grey clouds with beautiful bright colours popping up everywhere showing that spring is on its way!

We have certainly had some wet and windy weather here at Trentham! We hope you have all stayed safe with the big storms and wild weather. Here around the woodland and lakeside, we have had some relief from the grey clouds with beautiful bright colours popping up everywhere showing that spring is on its way.

The Oxlip mass on the west side of the lake is the perfect spring scene, especially when the sun hits it. Look out for the punchy purple of Viola odorata and the yummy yellows of the Oxlips (Primula elatior).

Viola Odorata & Oxlips

The zig-zag path in the woodland is still flourishing with life. Although the Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ and Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ have begun to fade, the ground is now full of 16,000 Narcissus ‘Thalia’ which will be flowering very soon.  This delicate white daffodil is a very old variety and particularly liked by the Victorians. They are planted in big swathes and intertwine in places with ferns and bluebells. We can’t wait to see them all in flower and it will be the perfect photo opportunity!

Narcissus 'Thalia' ready to flower

With the warm and wet weather, we have had a few fungi spotted amongst the foliage. The Scarlet elf cup (Sarcoscypha austriaca) has been a popular find with our visitors. Also known as moss cups and fairies’ baths, this stunning red or orange cup-like fruiting body can be seen on decaying branches or even attached to leaf litter on the woodland floor. Please remember to look only and never touch or disturb them.

Scarlet Elf Cup Fungi