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Spring Blog - 30th April 2018

carpet of primrosesvioletsThe variable weather this spring has made life a little confusing for both plants and animals. Breeding and migration were put on hold when the snow came, and accelerated during the mini-heat wave. Now cold weather has struck again, interrupting all such activities in mid-flow. However, the wildflowers at Exbury are looking terrific with carpets of primroses (left), patches of violets here and there, and corners covered with wood anemones. Not much insect activity has yet been evident, but when the sun comes out that situation should improve.

 

acerwhitebeamOne of the most enjoyable things to look for in early spring, I find, are the opening of young leaves and flower buds on the deciduous trees. Oak, beech, sycamore and acer  among others all have a delicate appearance when leaves are first emerging. They are a little fragile at this stage and can be damaged by frost. Whitebeam and horse chestnut appear more robust as their large buds open to reveal flowers. Although not particularly showy, the subtle beauty of this stage (which doesn't last long) is a real pleasure and worth keeping one's eyes open for.

 

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‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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