At last Spring has arrived - The day after Easter!
It was lovely to see so many visitors walking round the grounds, and how brave they were - it was freezing!
These snowdrops are about the last ones still in flower but sadly the daffodils are still in tight bud waiting for some much needed warmth, so visitors didn't see us at our best! Unfortunately with the temperatures dropping below freezing we still have the statue's protective covers on too.
At this time of year the woodland walk should be full of camelia's in bloom; I managed to find this one gusty flower!
Our great team of volunteers have spent nearly two full days clearing up the remains of the autumn leaf fall. All the stone steps have to be cleaned and brushed to stop the algae building up - as Belvoir is built on a steep slope this is no mean feat!
Here is the beautiful red bark of the Acer Palmatum sango kaku which shows up so well against the blue sky. In the background is a Betula utilis jacqumontii - a great combination for winter colour.
We should be cutting back the hydrangea's but I am going to leave it another few weeks, rather than risk any damage from the cold.
You may remember we planted over 3,000 bulbs in the autumn - all I can say is there are now some very fat squirrels at Belvoir....... If anyone has some suggestions please let me know!
Blue sky at last!