Closer to spring at Hodsock Priory

Last year we went to Hodsock Priory, to see the snowdrops, and discovered the formal garden as a kind of bonus. This year we’ve gone back, two weeks later in the season, and there’s all the more spring floweers out.

The Welsh rose’s parents are still with us, so I don’t have a lot of spare time to write any kind of in-depth blogpost, but here’s a few pictures:

Snowdrops

Wild-planted snowdrops:

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A couple of closeups:

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Formal and pleasure gardens

Prunus mume, by the entrance to the winter honeysuckle walk, but also dotted elsewhere:

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The winter honeysuckles Lonicera fragrantissima, lining the walk towards the formal gardens, pumping out scent:

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A pretty mound overlooking the ornamental lake, with early daffodils, more snowdrops, and wonky steps:

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Prunus serrula, an orientalist stone statue, and a beautiful cream-coloured birch:

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Pretty sure this will be Rhododendron “Christmas Cheer”, like the one by the bearpit in Sheffield Botanical Gardens:

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A Chaenomeles, starting to break buds?

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This looks like a Crocosmia, but I’ve never seen them keep their foliage over winter, and those seed heads?

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A view over the pleasure gardens, towards the pond:

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Cyclamen coum, everywhere under small trees:

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and spilling over this coppiced, re-shooting stump:

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Labelled as another P. mume I think this is more likely to be some kind of rhodo:

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Hellebore hybrids all over the boggier beds:

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and Rubus biflorus, arching over the ornamental pond like a bad haircut, but promising lovelier, leafier visions for later this season:

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2 comments

  1. Steve · March 5

    Snowdrops on mass always look stunning

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    • J-P · March 5

      Yes, they’re eerie in some ways: like snow, but as you get closer they resolve into the flowers!

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