“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”
A recent visit to the walled garden at Holkham Hall in Norfolk, UK gave us a fine variety of flowers already in full bloom. How lovely a day it was, many birds were singing, and the scent of some of the flowery shrubs wafted towards us while we were watching the bees and other insects fly from one flower to another.
No better introduction to an English garden than in the early spring.
A large variety of beautifully coloured and fresh spring flowers
The Witch-hazel catkins, Quince blossom, Hellebores, and Rhododendron
Edgeworthia chrysantha flower and shrub, beautifully scented and new to me.
Ceanothus arboreus is a lovely shrub which blue flowers are loved by the insects.
Holkham Hall dates back to the 18th century, its extensive grounds consist of some 25,000 acres. The walled garden was originally developed by Samuel Wyatt during the late 1700s and is now still under restoration. It comprises 6 acres and is surrounded by a high red brick wall. This was our second visit to Holkham hall estate and I have enjoyed both visits very much, last time we saw the deer grazing among the most beautiful ancient trees that are on the land.
A beautiful Italian iron-work gate brought from Venice in 1908 makes for a great entrance into the walled gardens.
The few days we spent in Norfolk with Ian’s family, and this visit to Holkham gardens allowed us a nice transition from Gozo back to West Cork, it was a nice introduction to spring in the more northern islands of Europe.