Weather has not been such a hot topic for ages with the drought
of June and July making us rather nervous as we watched the skies
for any sign of rain. If you can keep watering the plants over
summer, then displays of rudbeckias and zinnias thrive in this
endless sunny weather, as you'll see in our Cutting Garden. Read
more in our latest blog from Sarah Wain.
If you consider yourself an avid gardener, you won't want to
miss this year's Chilli Fiesta, 10-12 August. The Gardening Theatre
will host award-winning gardeners as they deliver tips, tricks and
inside knowledge about how to make the most of your garden.
This year's Chilli Fiesta is just around the corner, 10-12
August, and it's set to be the hottest event of the year, packed
with music, food and dancing. Here are 8 reasons why you should
camp at Chilli Fiesta 2018!
After a miserably cold and wet beginning to the year, West Dean
Gardens is now bathed in glorious sunshine and the gardeners have
changed their fretting from endless rain to endless watering as
it's been so dry recently.
In terms of fruit blossom, most of it is all before us. Hoorah!
Cherry blossom will soon fill one wall in the pit yard and pears
and apples won't be far behind, so there's plenty to ooh over if
you visit West Dean in the coming month, not forgetting the flowery
meads that have been created throughout the Gardens and
A soggy December saw 2017 rainfall almost catch up to our
30-year average of nearly 41 inches. It's a joy to see the River
Lavant running once again. There's a lot of hustle and bustle under
glass in January as all the ornamental plants are attended to
before they are set up for display in their respective houses.
Feisty winter weather can either have you huddling by the
fireside or donning outdoor gear for an invigorating walk outdoors.
Even clothed in winter garb, West Dean Gardens offers a special
treat for those of us who enjoy watching, listening to and walking
through the seasonal changes.
Current warm night temperatures and a very odd
apocalyptic-coloured sky have graced autumnal months so far at West
Dean. This unseasonal weather has kept the gardeners wondering
whatever will be next and this year's weather has been so conducive
for box blight, it's been unbelievable.
How quickly the seasons pass, there's a change in the air as
autumn strides into view. Hey-ho it's apple harvest time and Stu
has begun to harvest this year's crop. Fruit is his forté and
harvesting is the natural conclusion to his fruit year. We need to
plant more fruit trees, don't you think?