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Flowers in Bloom

Throughout the year many different flowers can be seen here at The Secret Gardens of Sandwich.

Here is our blossoming calendar for 2011 to ensure that you don’t miss out on coming to see your favourite plants in bloom.

March

Daffodils

Daffodils 1504
Picture courtesy of Orkakorak.

Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus, the botanic name of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering bulbs belonging to the Amaryllis family.
Traditional Daffodils have a yellow to golden-yellow colour and have a trumpet-shaped structure set against a star-shaped background, though there are around 50 species of this plant and many hybrids. Where the climate is moderate, Daffodils flourish among the first spring buds and often bloom in clusters.

You can find Daffodils in The Secret Gardens throughout Daffodil Week in March, for more details click here.

Spring (March, April and May)

Tulips

Tulips
Picture courtesy of 月亮蛋糕.

The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant in the genus Tulipa, which comprises of around 109 species. Known for their waxy-textured leaves, tulips are spring blooming and can grow to a height of between 10 and 70cm tall. They are among the most versatile of Spring bulbs and can produce a fine display from March until the end of May.

Visit our stunning selection of Tulips in the garden throughout Spring.

Anemones

Anemone
Picture courtesy of whitebuffalobk.

Anemone is a genus of about 120 species of flowers in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, and is a Greek name roughly translating as “wind flower”. They are perennial herbs which grow from tubers to produce elongated flower stems bearing one or several red, white or blue flowers.

You can see our beautiful array of Anemones blooming in the garden throughout March, April and May.

June

Alliums

Over the midden
Picture courtesy of sarniebill1.

Allium is a genus of flowering plants, informally referred to as the onion genus as many have an onion odour and taste. Allium is the Latin word for ‘garlic’ and the family consists of more than 500 species. They are herbaceous perennials often described as the lollipops of the flower world due to their shape.

See our selection of Alliums in bloom throughout June.

Calla Lilies

calla lily
Picture courtesy of micheleart

The botanical name for the calla lily is Zantedeschia, a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the Araceae family. Calla lilies are commonly white, but these plants can also be seen in various shades of green, pink, purple, yellow and orange. The 28 different species are native to tropical climates, though will grow in any soil as long as the climate is humid enough.

Visit our beautiful Calla Lilies as they bloom throughout June in the garden.

August/September

Dahlias

Dahlia
Picture courtesy of Gertrud K.

Named after the 18th-century botanist Anders Dalh, the dahlia is a genus of of bushy, tuberous, perennial plants in the Asteraceae family. There are around 36 species that are native to Mesoamerica, principally Mexico, though the dahlia has been in Europe for over 200 years now. Flowers range in size from an inch to a large dinner plate.

Visit our stunning Dahlia selection in bloom throughout August and September.

Asters

Those Baby Blues
Picture courtesy of Kelledia

Like the dahlia, asters are also a genus of flowering plants in the Asteraceae family. The name Aster comes from Ancient Greek meaning ‘star’, referring to the shape of the flower head. These herbaceous perennials are better known in the UK as Michealmas Daisies and are native to North America and Southern Europe, where around 600 species can be found. The flowers can be red, pink, purple, lavender, white and blue, and mostly have yellow centres.

Asters can be seen blooming in the gardens throughout Autumn.

Some of these beautiful species of flower will also have events focused around them throughout the year. These events will be posted within the News & Events nearer to the time so check back regularly for updates.