Our team in Lady Anne’s Garden has been busy, enhancing a hillside area amongst mature beech trees in the Upper Woodland.
This area has a pathway that leads you through a peaceful and relaxing space. It's next to the Bicentenary Arboretum which will also benefit from the visual impact.
We have decided to enrich the woodland with our lovely native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) - three thousand to be precise!
Most of you will be familiar with the bluebell. The delicate little nodding blue heads of slightly fragrant flowers capture the essence of the much loved British woodland, appearing in late April to May each year.
The bluebells we have planted are grown in the UK, sourced from Norfolk. This project will be continued this time next year with the addition of another three thousand bulbs!
As with most gardening pursuits, we have planned ahead of time, with the future prospect of a delightful sea of blue waves, cascading down through the woodland.
Like many other plants, it takes a little time for them to settle in to a new home, but within a couple of years they should all be flowering their little heads off. Over time, the bulbs will bulk-up and they will self-sow their seeds naturally, so within ten years it will become an overwhelming vision of beauty…
The long-term project began by dividing the area in to segments, planting equal amounts of bulbs in each. We did this in a random manner to mimic a natural look. We used spades which have a long and tapered tip for ease of use, especially when digging deep into the stony, loose woodland ground.
The bluebells will love it and so will we!