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Sophie’s rose

With thanks to Sophie, who volunteered at the Gardens before moving away, we have planted two Sophy’s roses in the Italian Garden! The new roses we planted last year have settled in well and thrived despite the drought. We hope Sophie’s roses will also enjoy their positions in the outer beds, so visitors can enjoy their “distinctive, crimson-pink rosettes, produced with impressive regularity”.

As autumn has started to get colder, we have at last been able to cut down late flowering plants and give the dahlias a cosy blanket of mulch from leaf mold.  This has the added advantage of making space for this year’s leaves which have now fallen!! This week many leaves were cleared from the rill in the Glade to help the spring run more easily. Next week the raking will probably begin in earnest!