See How Our Gardens Grow - Spring

Where to See - in Spring

The Stray in Harrogate is awash with crocuses and stunning cherry blossom as the tree lined avenues that criss-cross the 200 acres of grassland turn into an explosion of pink in spring.

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At RHS Garden Harlow Carr the spectacular ribbons of daffodils and drifts of hyacinths, scillas, chinodoxa, and trilliums all burst with colour. The Woodland Walk is a must with cherries, magnolia and rhododendrons all coming into blossom.

Late spring brings carpets of bluebells in the woodland, wildflower meadows and the wonderful blue meconopsis poppy bursts into flower.

Gardening for Nature - Tips for Spring

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Allow dandelions to grow in an area of your garden, they are incredibly pollen rich providing vital protein that bees need for feeding their larvae.  Prevent them spreading by nipping off the flowers as they begin to go to seed.

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Create a mini meadow by not mowing an area of lawn in spring and early summer.

Allowing clover, daisies and other lawn plants to flower provides food and habitat for insects as well as breaking up your lawn with a point of interest. In autumn, rake the area after mowing and add wildflower seed to enhance the area for next year.

When buying plants include some single flowering varieties. While simpler, these flowers are far more accessible to insects and will encourage the natural world into your garden.

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