Glorious summer weather greeted our garden visitors earlier this
summer and after a turn on TV's Gardeners' World recently with
mouth-watering aerial shots of the gardens, even more people are
coming to discover the delights of West Dean.
As mad May segues into a calmer June, now we just have to keep
on top of weeds and watering! Yes folks - it's garden maintenance
time! Anne, the border queen, has her work cut out as she keeps her
climbing charges under control on the Pergola, House and in the
Walled Garden and Shaun, the kitchen gardener, has once again
whipped the vegetable garden into line. Read more about what's
looking good in West Dean Gardens in June.
Now listen you lot, I know that many of you are keen to see
wildflowers and lots of them, so all I can do is invite you to
visit the gardens to walk up to the Arboretum to see the sheets of
cowslips which are looking truly splendid at the moment. Read more
in the latest blog by Sarah Wain.
Fritillaries are the flowery beacons of early April in the
orchard at West Dean Gardens. Generally the appearance of all/any
bulb is a treat, even blousy pink tulips that are currently
frolicking in the Walled Garden are eye-catchers, wear your
sunglasses though as they're so bright.
At this time of year gardeners are delighted to see the first
naturalised bulb displays as some sort of payback for a
less-than-thrilling two months of cutting back herbaceous and
applying compost and bark mulch over winter. Read more in our
latest blog by Sarah Wain.
Gorgeous autumnal weather - dry still and colourful means
there's something for everyone to enjoy in the gardens. Glasshouse
cleaning has started in earnest and we're moving from a season of
glasshouse displays to the housekeeping months, so still a busy
Is there a more exhausting job than hauling long one-inch
diameter hoses full of water around a garden and remembering to
turn them off and on? Probably, but at the time it doesn't seem
that way. After all the rain in June, July has been incredibly dry
at West Dean, great for flowers but not so great for