Snowdrops to enjoy in Ardgillan.
There is a charming display of Snowdrops growing in Ardgillan across various parts of the gardens. Some of these snowdrops were planted recently and some we have inherited from past generations.
As you enter Ardgillan you will see a variety of snowdrops in bloom along the main avenue. These have been planted over the last 10-15 years and have sprouted quite beautifully. The Galanthus woronowii, Galanthus nivalis and Galanthus elwesii are amongst the species thriving on the avenue.
The old double snowdrop Galanthus nivalis Flore Pleno are still visible around the area that once housed the gate lodge. In the woodland behind the walled garden, there is also a stunning display of snowdrops, this area was formerly an ornamental garden as featured on the OSI map of 1886. Some of the snowdrops are also growing in the area that was once known as the rockery. There has also been more recent planting in the walled garden.
Many other spring flowering shrubs are now in bloom in the Ardgillan gardens.
Chimonanthus praecox, winter sweet
Jasminum nudiflorum, winter flowering jasmine,
Hamamelis x intermedia Westerstede, winter flowering witch hazel
Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis sweet box
Viburnum x burkwoodii
Many of these flowers have a lovely fragrance.
A walk through the gardens at this time of year is a threat for many of the senses.