After an exceptionally late spring the Bluebell Barometer at Hole Park in Rolvenden, Kent is now reporting that Britain’s favourite native flower is now turning the woodland floor a beautiful deep blue.
Hole Park’s owner Edward Barham said, “Once warmth arrives and the sun shines they flower very quickly. The bluebells in the shaded areas, under the trees always show first; nature tells them to hurry up before leaf cover denies them the sunshine they require: those in the open sunny areas can be more leisurely! Visitors taking the circular bluebell walk this weekend and over the next few weeks can also see an abundance of wild garlic in Brickiln Wood with its pretty white silvery flowers and light scent. The renovated ice house also adds interest on the walk.”
Hole Park has a dedicated page on its website designed to inform visitors which flowers will be in bloom at the time of their visit, including a special bluebell barometer.
The gardens are now open daily between 11am and 6pm until the 31 May and then on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 June to 31 October. The gardens will also open for autumn Sundays on 6, 13, 20 and 27 October 2013.
In May the woodland garden comes into full flower with magnificent rhododendrons and azaleas, some of which are 80 years old. Massive banks of these surround the Dell Pond and are quite a sight to see. At the same time Hole Park’s unique standard wisteria flower in the Vineyard, an exceptional display of free standing ‘tree form’ wisteria sienensis.
In the summer months, when the roses are in full bloom and the herbaceous borders are full of colour, visitors can see an abundance of butterflies. The colourful exotic border and unique late flowering agapanthus named ‘Hole Park Blue’ prolongs the flowering season until the beautiful autumn colours of the maples and mature native trees.
Hole Park is a family owned estate which has been in the Barham family for the past four generations. Formalised gardens combine with natural woodland and cover some 15 acres. These extensive gardens were developed, laid out and planted by Colonel Barham, the great-grandfather of the present owner, in the years between the two World Wars.
Light lunches and delicious homemade cakes are available in the coach house where homemade jam and honey produced from the fruit and bees on the Hole Park Estate can be purchased.
Visitors can buy estate grown apple juice and local beer from the estate’s own micro-brewery The Old Dairy Brewery. There is also a plant stall next to the tea rooms with a good choice of plants available to buy.
For more information please visit www.holepark.com or telephone 01580 241344 or 01580 241386. Hole Park, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4JB.
Admission £6.00 for adults and £1 for children.