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.
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.
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.
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?
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