Say it (secretly?) with flowers

Flowers are often given to Mum’s on Mothering Sunday. Who doesn’t love a bunch of blooms?! But did you know that the flowers you choose have hidden importance. Read more to find out whether you’ve sent the right ones…

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The Victorians believed flowers had meanings. So whatever flower you were given was a secret message of feelings. For example, take Tulips – a good Spring flower.
The colour of the tulip is important. A pink tulip means caring, purple is Royalty,
red a declaration of love, white is forgiveness and yellow is hopelessly in love.

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Mixed messages in the parterre?

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Other people’s gardens…

This Sunday (30 March) marks the beginning of British Summer Time! And doesn’t it feel like a long time coming. We’ve certainly had some extreme weather so we’ll be looking forward to longer, hopefully sunshine filled, days.

This date also marks our longer opening hours for the house. Our House Elves will be opening the doors at 11am with last entry at 4pm. Why not come along and see if you can see anything that is a little different this season…?

In the meantime, we’re delighted to share with you this lovely blog from one of our visitors. ‘The Random Gardener’ visited earlier this month spotting spring flowers in the garden. It includes some lovely photographs.

First day out of the year! Well, first day out visiting a garden, anyway. Though admittedly the gardens are just a small part of the Charlecote visit, but they’re a very pretty part. The house and the deer park probably spring to mind more readily. Shakespeare was supposedly caught poaching deer in the park, though how true this is I couldn’t say.

though there are photographs in the house showing the garden in the early 20th century with lots of formal flower beds, so it would have been much more colourful.

At the back of the house is a parterre garden, only just planted up for spring but in a month or two it will be lovely.

< Read more of The Random Gardener’s post on their blog >

NGS Open Garden: Wellesbourne Allotments

If you’re planning to visit us this Sunday why not also pop along to Wellesbourne allotments?

Between 2pm and 5pm the allotments are open to visitors as part of the National Garden Scheme. You may recall we celebrated our own links to the NGS last ‘summer’ when the lovely Dame Judi Dench joined our garden party!

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SNGS.jpgome of our volunteers live in Wellesbourne and have allotments so you are likely to bump into a few of them. There will be a whole host of activities taking place including:

  • Scarecrow competition
  • Beekeeping display
  • Children’s quiz
  • Warwickshire County Youth Jazz Orchestra

Plus plants and produce for sale.

It is £3 to visit with children admitted free of charge. Money raised goes to the NGS who support many charities including nursing, caring and gardening charities. They have shared more than £25 million in the last 15 years.Some of these funds have come to the National Trust and have supported bursaries for trainee heritage gardeners.

Oh and if you need any more persuasion to visit, here’s a lovely blog post from a local gardener about the event last year… < Gardening Ways >

Spring in the garden

After a very long and difficult winter it finally feels like spring has arrived at Charlecote.

It’s lovely to see some much colour starting to appear around the garden in pots and the borders. Our Parterre is now in full flower with a lovely display of tulips and spring bedding and the newly restored Woodland Garden is full of Daffodils and   Hellebours.

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The garden team have also been busy sprucing up the garden by painting all of the old metal benches and tables, cleaning and teak oiling the wooden benches, repairing edges, weeding and re-gravelling paths and planting and staking in the borders. Our newly extended nursery is also full to bursting with thousands of new plants for the borders – I’ve a feeling that it’s going to be a very colourful year in the garden!

Our gardeners have been helping prepare for the local village plant sale too! (Hampton Lucy, 15 May!)

Our gardeners have been helping prepare for the local village plant sale too! (Hampton Lucy, 15 May!)

It definitely feels like spring in the park as we celebrate a fantastic month of lambing with 128 new additions to the park (including 8 sets of triplets!). Be sure to check out the film clips of them on our YouTube page.

The parkland is being transformed as we work our way through a number of different restoration projects. We are over half way through replacing 800 meters of the damaged or collapsed oak paling fencing, our 10 new oak benches are now all out in the park and being well used, the final phase of the Ha-ha restoration is being completed, the flood damaged deer fencing has been fully repaired and our 40 newly planted trees are all doing well.

Why not come along to see our new projects and celebrate spring with us!

Lisa, Park and Garden Manager