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Totally Tangerine

The dahlia delight is starting, as the extraordinarily huge Cristophii alliums fade, in the flower border in the walled kitchen garden. The rain has flattened the alstroemeria and some roses, but we can help the latter. And the rain was hugely welcome as the Gardens have been parched for weeks: the dahlias will be twice their height in no time and the rain will help bring on the soft fruit and veg.

Volunteers spread out around the Gardens this week, principally weeding. The long grasses are beautiful and the nettles are great for caterpillars, but now is the time for us to take back some of the wildest of these areas and give some space to the shrubs and new trees we have planted.