Easton Walled Gardens is well known as a snowdrop garden in Lincolnshire and we open especially for visitors to enjoy them.
In 2001, the gardens were lost to nature so we began to clear the gardens of brash and brambles. In patches we could see snowdrops hanging on in the undergrowth. As the light was allowed back in, the snowdrops began to recover. We have encouraged them by dividing and top dressing the bulbs with a natural fertiliser. Now they spread across two banks alongside the river and release wafts of honey scented perfume on sunny days.
Around these naturalized plantings we have added hellebores, crocuses, daffodils and blue chionodoxa. Throughout the gardens you can see pretty groupings of early flowering perennials and small bulbs.
The snowdrop walk begins under the old gatehouse and the top half of the garden with its drifts of snowdrops, aconites and hellebores in the woodland walk. If you look carefully you will see wild violets shyly looking out from under their foliage. Turn the flowers of our hellebores up to face you and you will see a great mix of colours and forms including anemone-flowered, speckled, dark or picotee varieties. In quiet moments you may spot a tree creeper climbing the bark of the walnut or long tailed tits investigating the hawthorn twigs for insects.
Further along the winding path you arrive at the Cedar Meadow. This is specifically planted to be at its best during spring, whether you come for crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils or tulips.
The views across the valley and gardens are particularly good here.
Descending to the lower gardens (which has handrails but is tricky for wheelchair access) you will find massed drifts of snowdrops in a beautiful setting overlooking parkland and the river.
We like to keep a natural look to the big drifts on the snowdrop banks and so have avoided filling them with other bulbs. But as you make your way back towards the tearoom, you pass small beds where we have added cyclamen, pulmonarias, aconites, crocuses, early daffodils and irises in carefully considered colourways. Rare and unusual snowdrops can be found near the tearoom in purpose built beds.
Spring flowers vary their flowering times according to the light and weather. Some years the aconites and irises hang on until March while the hellebores are barely out. In other years the earliest flowers go over quickly and hellebores and crocuses provide plenty of colour amongst the snowdrops. We have spent a lot of time creating planting schemes that show colour and beauty whatever the weather has planned for the year.
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