Celebrate a New Year with Flowering Bulbs.

January starts with a warm rosy festive glow, yet a bitter chilling winter soon prevails and memories of celebrating, childhood laughter and Christmas carols are lost in the whiteout! Breaking ice and frozen snow the winter Aconite flowering bulbs are the first to appear in the New Year.

Eranthis – Winter Aconite

February filled with promises of icicles and snow days, traffic chaos and red faces, yet in the Garden a tranquil acceptance of change is set in motion as the hardiest flowers dare to taste the Winter snow. One such hardy Spring bulb is the Snowdrop, unfurling her strong grey green strappy leaves and flower buds. Buds that are determined to protect the solitary bell shaped, crisp white tepals that symbolise the coming of Spring, a sign that the earth is beginning to warm under it’s frozen blanket.

Galanthus nivals – Snowdrop, Milk flower.

snowdrops in the green

March full of hope for milder days and increased light levels, encourages the carpeting Spring bulbs to cover the deciduous, forest floor with an abundance of glimmering stars. The windflower anemone where naturalised paints huge drifts of virgin white dancing petals that follow the suns rays.

Anemone Blanda


Narcissus pseudonarcissus
Narcissus pseudonarcissus


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Garden Lillies



Nerine bowdenii
Nerine bowdenii





During the winter months many of our favourite garden bulbs lay dormant, waiting for the arrival of warmer air and soil temperatures. This dormancy is an important time for regeneration and the bulbs should be allowed to die back naturally and recharge there energy source for revival in the new year.

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consulatant




“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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