Complaining about the heat in February is a rare occurrence but
wasn't it joyful to bask in the sun so early this year and at
school, half term as well - extra bonus! The above average,
seasonal temperature figures were enough to put one into a flat
spin under glass though, as spring is a major sowing time and there
are many little plants to fuss over. Strong winds have featured too
this year so we make sure that glass is closed on windy days to
protect it from sudden gusts...
Who would have thought that after the heat and lack of rain of
summer 2018 that we almost reach our average of 1100mm by the end
of the year? Rainfall is a fascinating business and it's so
interesting to see how differently it falls year on year. The River
Lavant started flowing in December, which was a bit of a yah- boo
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.