Spring is on the way...

9 Mar 2014

Spring is on the way...

Spring is here already, with the scent of Hyacinths filling the air in the Hotel. These bulbs were potted in the autumn, nurtured and cared for. They have now grown enough to adventure into the Hotel, sparking a dazzling display of colour.

My favourite plant at the moment is the Woodstock Hyacinth. This type of hyacinth is an attractive beetroot purple making a nice change from the usual blue. The Woodstock bulbs are ‘Prepared Hyacinths' that are treated differently to regular garden bulbs. They are harvested early and prepared for six to eight weeks at different temperatures. The Woodstock is a striking plant that brings a burst of colour and aroma to every room. Later this month we hope to see further progress with the Muscari (or grape) hyacinths, flowering with a delightfully fresh blue flower, grassy leaves and lively aroma.

Another favourite of mine is the colourful Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete', a type of dwarf daffodil that bears a striking resemblance to the wild one's that William Wordsworth wrote about in is poem ‘Daffodils'. Standing at only 20cms high, this petite plant has the formidable power to light up any rainy day.


Brian Gardner-Smith
Head Gardener


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