Winter is finally waving goodbye and spring is popping up to say hello – hurrah! With Spring being my Mum’s favourite season and Snowdrops one of her favourite flowers, we decided to take a trip to see the beautiful display at the Painswick Rococo Gardens, Gloucestershire.
Located near the village of Painswick – a.k.a. the Queen of the Cotswolds – the Rococo Gardens were first established for the Painswick House in the 1740s. Since then, it has been taken over by the Painswick Rococo Garden Trust Charity and is the only surviving garden from the rococo period.
Being rich with history is one reason to visit this lovely place but the little white flowers are definitely the main attraction throughout February. The gardens are famous for having the largest number of naturally planted Snowdrops and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
The delicate plants were sprouting and blooming every where you turned. It looked magical! The sheer volume of Snowdrops that carpeted the floor was outstanding, we’d never seen so many in one place before!
Surprisingly, there were also loads of different varieties…fifteen in fact! It was good fun trying to spot the different varieties too. Flowers such as Crocus and Celadine were also starting to bloom, I can imagine that spring is going to be a gorgeous time at the gardens.
There were lots of people around – it was clearly popular! – but the grounds were big enough to not feel crowded. It seemed everyone wanted to see the spring flowers and we often heard passing comments of awe and amazement.
Having worked up an appetite from all the walking and photographing, we took the quick drive to Painswick.
Walking through the main street, we soon found the perfect place to stop: The Patchwork Mouse. A small and cosy cafe that serves a variety of beverages and nibbles, that has quirky decor and lots of mice to spot. Mum ordered a cheese toastie and I went for a homemade scone, accompanied by raspberry jam and clotted cream. It was scrumptious! The staff were also super friendly and made us feel very welcome. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to make a stop at this sweet place!
My Mum and I had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Snowdrops at Painswick’s Rococo Gardens. Have you been?