Friday 21st Feb, Garden Closed due to adverse weather conditions.

We regret that due to the recent flooding caused by Storm Dennis and the continuing adverse weather conditions for this week and high winds predicted on Friday 21st Feb, we are unable to open the gardens safely to the public.

We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope you will be able to visit us on our next open day March 6th 11am-3pm.

As seen on Gardener’s World

Ellicar Gardens Open Days 2020

21st Feb 11am-3pm

6th March 11am-3pm

10th, 24th April 11am -4pm

8th , 22nd May 11am-4pm

5th, 19th June 11am-4pm

3rd, 17th July 11am-4pm

11th, 18th Sept 11am-4pm

2nd, 16th Oct 11am-4pm

 

Daffodils

What a difference two days of sunshine have made!  The garden is stirring, plants starting to grow, surface weeds germinating- a sure sign the soil is warming up- and finally in the orchard, over a month late now, tiny narcissus including ‘February Gold’, ‘Tete a Tete’ and ‘Minnow’ are in bright yellow flower.
We planted about 4000 bulbs under the fruit trees last Autumn – William and I made the holes and the boys dropped in the bulbs- a great family bonding activity! The different varieties should give a lasting display of daffodils starting with the tiny dwarf narcissi through to my favourite late flowering Pheasant’s Eye.
Under the crab apple avenue a lovely mix of tiny crocus, scilla, pushkinia and chinodoxas are opening up-with fritillaria meleagris following on. I’m going to add some snowdrops in the green from the winter garden to complete a flowery walk between these trees.
I love bulbs- you get so much flower power for your money, you can mix and match colours, flowering times, they multiply and come back every year without any fuss. The only ones I’m missing this year are the Iris reticulata in the Winter garden- I’m wondering if the voles have munched their way through them this winter- sometimes you can have too much wildlife!