Memories of Springtime Riots in the Ayots

February entices gardeners with soil warming temperatures and Spring like temperatures that enrich the soul. Gardening is such a rewarding career! Whether it’s the day to day fight to keep on top of regular garden maintenance of your own garden borders, allotment or managing gardens for others, the payback is priceless.

The following photographs taken April 20th 2016, are a riot of Springtime colour as Tuilps fight for the front row and Narcissi battle to keep the centre stage. Fritallaria and Erythroimums quietly shine in the shade of the bud breaking deciduous broadleaf trees. Soaking up the sunlight and recharging there storage organs for future regeneration and survival of the fittest.

Having literally just flown in from managing a large estate and garden on the colourful island of Corfu, I am greeted with a welcome worth more than words.

If any of my Springtime riot photographs take your breath away then let me know your favourites! I’d love to know what’s your favourite Springtime in the Ayots photo.



Once you have made your choices and left a comment, here’s a date for your diary.

Sunday May 22nd 11-5pm

National Garden Scheme Open Day a rare chance for you to view the immaculate private gardens I manage and meet the gardening team. Visit us for a traditional British Garden Party in Ayot St Lawrence. Click here for NGS website link, full details and directions. 
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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant




“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, when you find it in a Garden it’s like finding Paradise“

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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