Monty Don plants a tree to provide a nectar source for bees and other insects. In Cornwall, Nick Bailey celebrates the fleeting beauty of one of the most ancient flowering plants.
As spring begins, it is not just the borders that need a boost - it is the wildlife too. Monty gives tips on what to do now, as well as planting a tree to provide a nectar source for bees and other insects.
In Cornwall, Nick Bailey revisits a first love as he celebrates the fleeting beauty of one of the most ancient flowering plants. With champion-sized trees and goblet-shaped flowers, magnolias are one this season’s star performers.
And meet a woman who has maximised the growing space available in her small garden and created her very own piece of prairie-inspired planting.
Home to a National Collection of magnolias, the gardens at Caerhays offer a welcome glimpse of spring, with some specimens being over 100 years old. It is one of the great gardens of Cornwall which is part of the declaration of spring in the South-West. Spring has been fully declared when the seven Magnolia campbellii trees from seven gardens in the area have flowered with at least 50 blooms. Here are some of the other magnolias that you can enjoy there.
Magnolia Black Tulip
Magnolia campbellii Alba Group
Magnolia x loebneri 'Ballerina'
Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta
The Spring Garden at Caerhays is well worth a visit and is open until Sunday 16 June, so if you’re in the area and fancy a day out, here are the details.
Tel: 01872 501310
|Series Producer||Sharon Fisher|
|Executive Producer||Gary Broadhurst|
|Production Manager||Caroline Morgan-Fletcher|