The fruit collection at West Dean Gardens feature over 100
varieties of apple and 45 varieties of pears, including heritage
varieties with links to West Sussex. Read more in our West Dean
Apples specifically help improve the functioning of the bacteria
living inside of our large intestine, and early studies show that
apples change the metabolism within the digestive tract and change
the balance of bacteria. Read more about the health benefits of
apples in our blog.
When I started my horticultural career as a jobbing gardener at
Haringey Council in North London, much of the work was mundane and
pretty unrewarding. However every day during the late summer and
until the first frosts, my heart was lifted by the technicolor
blooms of an astonishing collection of dahlia plants.
June was a wonderful month for a garden visit to West Dean and
July looks set to be the same. Plenty of sun filled days after the
relentless winter rain have put a skip into the visitors step as
they come along to enjoy all aspects of the gardens and there is
certainly plenty here to tempt them.
Wow! What a difference warm weather makes to a garden! So far
this summer the flower display in the cutting garden and on the
borders in the Walled Garden is looking fantastic with the
rudbeckia trial taking pride of place. Beneficial insects and
butterflies are having a field day too.
After all the rain last year, this year's dry weather is capping
the growth of the garden, you know how it is - gardeners are never
really happy with the weather but our spuds, onions and their
allies have now been harvested in the kitchen garden.