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Have you looked outside lately? Nature’s been giving herself a glow-up after the cold winter months and Spring is shaping up nicely across Bucks & Oxon, thanks very much!
Most of us will be planning time outside with friends and family in the next month or so and with that in mind, the National Trust has just launched a nationwide #BlossomWatch campaign to celebrate the blossom and blooms of the new season, and to encourage us to enjoy them while they’re here.
National Trust gardens are beautiful all year round, of course, but to make the most the cherry blossom, wisteria, bluebells and tulips, we’ve channelled our inner Charlie Dimmock (don’t worry, we’re wearing a bra) and rounded up the best National Trust locations near you to have a blooming lovely day out.
STOWE LANDSCAPE GARDENS, NR BUCKINGHAM
The iconic temples dotted around the grand North Buckinghamshire gardens of Stowe (all 250 acres of them) create a stunning backdrop to the froth of white and pink blossoms that flutter about the parkland in spring. Head to the statue of Queen Caroline for the most magnificent specimen of cherry blossom, or wander the orchard along Laurel Terrace to sport ancient apple trees in bloom.
Stowe also has magical pockets that are carpeted in daffs, gorgeous blue anemones, Turks head tulips, crocuses, and Snakes Head and Imperial fritillaries in the spring. The Grecian Valley is ideal for a family circular walk, with lots of benches along the way where the eagle eyed can spot cuckoo flowers, wood anenomes and orchids in April and May.
Head gardener’s tip: For something unusual, head to the coral root plants in Lamport Garden – these delicate lilac pink flowers are very rare in the wild and only found in the Chilterns and the Weald. We’re also hoping for a beautiful bluebell display in Bellgate Drive – we’ve planted 126,000 bulbs for this spring so fingers crossed.
The National Trust’s ‘jewel in the crown’ is a riot of colour from March onwards, when the first daffodils wave their yellow heads across the high banks to the right of the house. Etc xx
Muddy tip: (as an alternative to gardener’s tip to mix it up a bit)
WEST WYCOMBE PARK
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