The Spring garden gives me great inspiration for creating floral displays.
Unfortunately early Spring flowers do not last in the warm cosy lounges here at Sharrow Bay, but I love to arrange flowering stems of Forsythia, Corylus Contorta with its lambs-tail catkins, and my favourite Garrya Elliptica with its long silk tassel catkins, with my weekly delivery of flowers.
2017 started with an early and warm spring. The bees collected lots of spring nectar and by the end of May their stores of honey were very good although the frames were not fully capped. Maybe the bee’s instinct was that they shouldn’t cap the cells of honey as bad weather was on the way.
Starting the Year: Phil Auty, Head Gardener, (and Henry).
February sees the start of our new gardening year, when we start to sow flowers and vegetables to see the garden borders, houseplants, and kitchens, through the coming year.
Antirrhinums, Lobelia, and Geraniums, all fill out the borders and ornamental containers in the garden and around the hotel; Sweet Peas fragrance the lounges throughout Summer and up to the first frosts.