5 Things to Spot on Your Woodland Walk

There are a variety of wonderful things to see around the woodland and lakeside at this time of year. Here's what to look out for... With a lovely sunny end to February, we are wrapping up warm again going into a very chilly start to March. We have so much colour poking through around the lakeside though promising warmer days!

There are a variety of wonderful things to see at this time of year, particularly around the woodland walk and our zig zag path. There is still a chance to catch our stunning yellow winter flowering Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold promise’, with its spicy fragrance before the flowers die back and the leaves begin to grow. Their understorey is planted with swathes of 16,000 Narcissus ‘Thalia’ - commonly known as Daffodils - which will flower in the spring.

Another stunning flower which will only be around for a short amount of time are our snowdrops with their graceful white petals. They are planted under our Hydrangea aspera ‘Villosa Group’, near the woodland meadow. The snowdrops usually flower from January into March.

Amongst the moss and woodland floor, you may also catch a glimpse of the bright red scarlet elf cup - a fungus that likes damp areas with dead wood. Its fruiting body, which is what you will see, fruits from early winter into early spring showing off its bright oranges and reds, even on a cloudy day.

You may have spotted the beautiful hellebores dotted around the woodland meadows which have been in flower for a while now but will continue to flower into spring.  There is a mix of Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’, Helleborus orientalis and Helleborus purpurescens around the gardens. We have cut off the old dying leaves from last year now to allow for a brilliant display of their varied, colourful flowers.

Lastly a few more spring flowering plants are now popping up around the lake including the delicate wood anemone. Ours have been planted in the stumpery and woodland meadows but they can be an ancient woodland indicator if spotted growing wild. 

See if you can spot them all on your next lakeside walk! We'd love to see your photos - don't forget to use #TrenthamGardens.