March 3, 2017
Flower bulbs and witch hazels have decided to greet an early spring, after record-breaking warmth in February. Look for snowdrops, winter aconite, and a few reticulata iris in the Bulb and Sensory Gardens; hellebores are blooming in the Landscape Garden. Pussy willows and maples are popping their buds. Tulip and narcissus leaves are pushing out of the soil. Crocuses are emerging.
For more blooms, visit the Greenhouses and galleries, which have been converted into an orchid-lover’s paradise, with the Orchid Show continuing until March 26. You will also find many varieties of aloe in bloom, as well as jade plants, Natal lilies, and the ever-blooming crown-of-thorns. Children and adults alike will be delighted by finding the cocoa tree, bananas, succulents both beautiful and bizarre, and prickly cactus.