As we shake off the cold and wet weather, the changing scents, sights and sounds in the gardens give us hope for the season ahead.

There are signs of spring everywhere around the gardens and as our plants respond to the warmth, the gardens really come alive with beautiful blooms, fresh foliage and birds, bees and insects aplenty.

Early spring displays of snowdrops and crocus with their delicate blooms gradually give way to colourful displays from daffodils in the borders and some of our trees and shrubs.

Bursting into life with a bounty of blooms is our glorious selection of old magnolias, which includes kobus and stellata species which were planted back in the 1930s. Elsewhere, one of our oldest and largest specimens Rhododendron Macabeanum, first planted in the gardens in the late 1920s, offers a show of bright yellow flowers among silver foliage.

Also in bloom are a selection of camellias including Camelia Saluensis, which can be seen as you walk up from the lake.

Daffodils in border and Camelia Saluensis

March is also the perfect time to enjoy the abundance of small flowers on our corylopsis pauciflora.

These tiny yellow blooms are a delight for bees who can be seen making the most of the sustenance following a long cold winter.

Rhododendron Macabeanum and Corylopsis Pauciflora

Another highlight to relish are the delicate purple hues of our winter heather beds, including erica darleyensis ‘Furzey’, a named variety from the pre-war period.

For those of you who are looking for delicious scents you will not be disappointed. We currently have a beautiful selection of Witch Hazel Hamamelis, these emit a spicy, almost tangarine like, scent which has to be smelt to be believed. Later this month the tiny yellow flowers of the azara microphylla produce a delicate chocolate and vanilla scent which drifts across the garden.

Erica Darleyensis 'Furzey' and Witch Hazel Hamamelis

The gardens may have been quiet over the last few months, but the garden team continue to be busy repairing and improving areas for you all to enjoy once we are fully open again. The team have been laying new gravel paths as well as pruning, cutting back and clearing areas to allow for new growth. Our volunteer gardeners have been unable to come to the garden whilst we have been in lockdown, but they are gradually returning and catching up with some of the jobs that this busy time of year requires – it has been great to welcome them back!

One big job on the list is to renovate our Typhoon Tower, this big job will be ongoing for a few weeks yet and whilst work continues access to the tower will not be available. You will also see that the fence in our wildflower meadow has been replaced as a part of our exciting plans for our centenary year in 2022.

Finally, the fairies have been gradually relocating the newest of our fairy doors, designed by local children in last years competition. Look out for these as you explore the gardens and see how many of these you can spot.

We are delighted to be welcoming visitors from the local area back through the gates at Furzey Gardens and look forward to restrictions easing and welcoming more people back as the days get longer and warmer.

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