Summer in the gardens... looking good in July
Oh July! The month we've all been working towards from the beginning of the season thinking unreasonably that we will be on top of all the early seasonal work by the time it arrives - not so! We are still spinning like tops keeping up with the potting up work, planting out in the kitchen garden and after 5 inches of rain in June, we are furiously mowing grass and weeding, weeding, weeding! Summer rain is often a blessing although we would have been happy with a little bit less during June this year. It's a blessing because it means no external watering for all of this year's new plantings, which is a big relief for those who haul our large hoses around.
However, and isn't there is always one of those?, rain also means clouds, dull/cold weather and a drop off in visitor numbers and just when we really want to show off the place. So if you are reading this I'm presuming that you're a bit interested in the travails of West Dean gardening life and might like to help us by popping along to see how the garden is looking at this time of year.