Spring at Leonardslee
March through to June this garden comes alive with a riot of colour.
Some marvels you can expect to see include Magnolias towering 40 feet high, Camellias in groves, footpaths winding through hills carpeted in bluebells, many hundreds of Rhododendrons and later the show of Azaleas. All these plants produce a fantastic symphony of scents.
At every turn, you will find flowers in so many different colours and shapes - all against the backdrop of new leaves beginning to bud among the trees. It is astonishing to see these colours (the Rhododendrons and Azaleas mainly) reflected in the Lakes.
When it comes to unusual, rare or threatened plants and trees, our Head Gardener gets very excited. So far, he has listed 140 plants on the brink of extinction, that can be found thriving at Leonardslee.
“All of this wonderful colour and bird song creates a paradise that has to be seen to be believed. There is so much to see at this time of year that it will take a good few hours to walk around and take in the beauty of this Heritage Garden.”
Naturally, springtime also comes with new life, in abundance. Leonardslee is home to an extraordinary range of wildlife including foxes, rabbits, grey squirrels, badgers, weasels, stoats, shrews, voles, and our now famous wallabies. The estate is home to over 100 free-roaming deer; there are three varieties: Sika, Axis and Fallow.
Green woodpeckers are often spotted, while herons enjoy the shallow lakeside water where large carp feed on the surface. Birds regularly sighted in spring include electric blue kingfishers, yellow Wagtails and even Buzzards, who have taken to nesting in one of the giant Sequoia (Redwoods) from California.