Spring heralds fresh new leaves and buds of promise everywhere. Drifts of Bluebells, Tulips and Foxgloves show off their colours in soft Spring sunshine, while the birds are busy foraging to feed their young. There is a sense of newness and excitement in the air as frisky Hares scamper across lush green lawns.
Summer arrives with an abundance of colourful flowers and new growth everywhere. Banks of Hydrangeas rest under canopies of London Plane trees, while roses and lavender perfume the air. A menagerie of colourful parrots dart around the garden, calling out with raucous cries. It’s a time to relax, play croquet – or just wander the many shaded lanes at Glenloch.
Autumn sets Glenloch ablaze in amazing colour. The cooler days bring waves of change, as the trees array themselves in shades of gold, orange and flaming red before finally falling to carpet the ground. There is something wonderful about walking Glenloch in autumn. Whether it’s collecting acorns in the Pin Oak Avenue with the fallen, dry leaves crunching underfoot, or competing to find the largest fallen Plane Tree leaf to take home, the garden in Autumn is a magical place.
Winter has it’s own beauty, showing the garden structure amid bare and silvered limbs which are softened by Magnolia and Camellia blossoms. Clouds often roll in, cloaking Glenloch in fairytale mists, where you’ll think that you alone have entered a magical world. It’s cool on the Mountain in Winter. Occasionally you’ll even feel the crunch of frosts underfoot. The birds are scurrying to finish nests in readiness for spring, and it’s time for you to relax beside a roaring fire.
One of the many bronze plaques that adorn the steps at Glenloch.
The Potager * Kitchen Garden
In England and France, the kitchen or vegetable garden is called a Potager. Glenloch’s Kitchen Garden is full of colourful vegetables, salad greens and fruiting plants. At the entrance, two large strawberry beds that produce the sweetest fruit, lead you into the centre of the garden and the rose arbour. The climbing rose Guy Savoy – in honour of the great French chef – flowers in profusion there and shades an old and rustic seat. Asparagus crops yearly as well as tall red stems of succulent Rhubarb and there is also a large herb garden where herbs and edible flowers attract local honey bees. What could be better than harvesting the freshest and most flavorful produce from the garden.