February may belong to winter on the calendar, but at Goldstone Hall, our garden is already stirring with the promise of spring.

Snowdrops and Vibrant Dogwood

As winter loosens its grip, our garden begins to reveal its treasures. Snowdrops, their white blooms reminiscent of bonnets, grace the front of the hotel. Against the backdrop of evergreen yew, the dogwoods (Cornus) proudly display their colourful stems. From burnished red and yellow to green and purple-black, these dogwoods bring an enticing burst of colour. ‘Midwinter Fire’ stands out as a personal favourite, living up to its name with fiery hues.

Bulbs Bursting Forth

Spring bulbs are hastening into growth. Daffodils are pushing their way upward, soon to be followed by tulips. On the terrace, crocuses prepare to open their petals, responding to the sun’s embrace. This natural response ensures the availability of nectar to pollinators during daylight hours while protecting the flowers from unpredictable weather. Often the outer sides of the petals are dull, compared to the inside, which helps hide the flowers from keen eyed birds curious for a winter snack.

Preparing for Planting

Despite the lingering chill of February, preparations for the gardening year are well underway. Potatoes are chitting in the warmth of a dark cupboard, alongside Oca, a unique tuber resembling potatoes & one of the lost foods of the Incas. These vibrant delights will stay in the ground until the onset of the next winter. Some of our potatoes, the Pink Fir Apple, along with first earlies, will go into the polytunnel and the rest, including main crop Yukon Gold will go outside. The grounds have been diligently dug over and enriched with organic matter and compost, ready to nurture these future crops.

Seeds of Promise

Within the shelter of our glasshouse and polytunnel, seeds are awakening with a little bottom heat. Onions, tomatoes, peppers, chillies, and tender annuals like Cosmos, can now be started whilst protected from potential frost. Growing from seed is not only rewarding but an integral part of gardening. We’re nurturing various perennials for our main herbaceous areas, ensuring a colourful landscape in the months to come.

Explore Goldstone’s Ever-Changing Garden

Whether it feels like winter or the start of spring, Goldstone Hall Hotel’s garden is a place of timeless beauty. An evening stroll with a glass of wine is always a delightful prelude to dinner. Stay updated on our garden events in 2024 through our website and social media. And why not plan a stay in one of our cozy rooms and join one of our workshops? Our first workshop, covering seed sowing and propagation, is just around the corner. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in the magic of gardening at Goldstone. See our events listed below.

Join Us at Goldstone: Where Gardens and Seasons Unite.

Best wishes,

From the Goldstone Garden Team

Upcoming Events at Goldstone

Friday Garden Tour

June 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open Garden for NGS

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Garden for NGS

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A Taste of Late Summer

August 15 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Open Garden for NGS

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A Taste of Spice

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Visit Goldstone

A Georgian manor house and restaurant with 12 comfortable bedrooms overlooking the rolling tree-strewn hills of the North Shropshire countryside. Boasting 5 acres of award-winning gardens, including a productive one-acre kitchen garden.

Located in the ‘golden garden triangle’ close to Wollerton Old Hall Garden, Hodnet Hall Gardens & Dorothy Clive Garden.  

A warm welcome awaits you.

Find out more about the hotel and garden opening times here.