Daffodils in Ardgillan
The daffodils are now in full flower at Ardgillan. It has been a long wait for their arrival as spring was cold and delayed their bloom by three weeks.
The top avenue is looking amazing flanked on both sides with thousands of a cream coloured daffodil (Narcissus Ice Follies). There is also a good collection of daffodils and other spring bulbs around the castle, on the herbaceous border and in the walled garden; with many more still to come into flower this spring. Hundreds of extra bulbs were planted in autumn 2015 to enhance the spring display. These included Narcissus February Gold which is an early flowering daffodil, the lemon/yellow crocus, which is giving a splash of colour at present, and dwarf tulips, some of which are flowering now with others due to follow in the coming weeks.
There is also a new bulb area in the grass in front of the yew trees. This is a meadow/bulb area, which is currently a profusion of daffodils but there are many more colourful surprises still beneath the surface.
The popular blue wood anemones (Anemone blanda) are in full flower and at their best in the woodland adjacent to the walled garden. If you look closely there are white ones too (Anemone nemorosa) but the flowers are smaller.
Other plants in flower include:
Helleborus Christmas /Lenten roses
Viburnum x burkwoodii
Prunus cerasifera “Pissardii”
Ribes sanguineum/Flowering currant
Azara microphylla: Box leaf Azara, which has an amazing sent at present