As seen on Gardener’s World

Ellicar Gardens opens for the National Garden Scheme
25th Feb 12noon-4pm

explore our 5 acre gardens with grasses and seed heads left standing around our Natural Pool for winter.
Our Winter Garden is full of fragrant flowering shrubs, snowdrops and hellebores
Enjoy swathes of fiery Cornus and coloured willows and specimen trees with winter bark.
adults £4.50 children free.
combined entry with Holmes Villa, Walkeringham
Plant sales, teas at Holmes Villa.

Crab Apple Avenue

cannon may 2013 ellicar rhodos 090malus av cr r blogThe Crab Apple Avenue (Malus 'Evereste') is in full flower- so pretty- white blossom opened up from pink tinged buds over three weeks ago, and has held on through sun, rain and hail. Long grass at the base of the trees is dotted with stray cow parsley that has taken over from the snakeshead fritillaries – together the trees and grass frame a walk through the garden inviting you to wander down to Hannah's Wood. I can imagine in a few years when the trees grow together into a tunnel, it will be magical. I'm thinking about planting some white camassias amongst the trees too- we have blue camassias all over the winter garden, but I'd like to keep this walk white.
This fantastic little tree works hard in a garden- it will star again in Autumn with autumn foliage, and produces miniature 'Gala' like crab apples that stay on the branches till the birds feast on them- something to look forward to at the end of summer!