What a glorious spring it has been so far. Our woodland is beginning to flourish as all the new plants settle in. There is blossom on the Judas tree, crab apples and lilacs. The primroses and daffodils have been putting on a great show and the bluebells, planted in the autumn, are coming through nicely. Later on there will be foxgloves, dog roses and field roses, mock oranges, hawthorns, rowans, spindle, tutsan – hopefully enough flowers and fragrances to make Horace Walpole proud.
All the hard work the volunteers have been putting in is really starting to show. They planted 15 new trees and hundreds of new shrubs, perennials and bulbs in a project aimed at recreating Walpole’s Serpentine Walk.
In the rest of the garden, the orange trees and their oak tubs
are back out along the Shrubbery trellis. The honeysuckle that is growing around many of our trees is thriving and should flower well this year. It was planted to emulate the eighteenth century romantic fashion of ‘festooning’ where flowering climbers were wound around the stems and lower crowns of trees.
If you are visiting Strawberry Hill House we have a new booklet about the history and restoration of the garden. Pick one up at the shop for 50p. Alternatively, find out more by joining one of our free garden history tours on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays at 2.30pm.
It is great seeing so many families enjoying the garden over this sunny Easter break. Our children’s trail follows Horace Walpole’s pet dog as he tries to find his bone somewhere in the garden – follow Patapan’s Great Adventure to help him out.
Happy Easter everyone!