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The celebration garden is open all year round for you to walk around at your leisure, but every year you can see it in its full glory when the dahlias are also in flower.
The celebration garden was created by Mrs Aylett and her team in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 60th year in business. Dahlias have been planted amongst other herbaceous plants to show how they might grow in a more natural garden setting. At the end of the garden we also have a wildflower meadow complete with a insect hotel, an ideal place for insects to find a home and plenty of flowers to collect nectar from.
Our Head Gardener Tim has been very busy in the Celebration Garden. Springtime has started in earnest and after much preparation the garden is awakening from it’s winter slumber. Tim has been busy weeding, digging, pruning and generally tending to the garden and planning new displays and features. The wildflower beds are being sown in stages with different mixes to give us a longer display through the season. Early flowering plants such as Bergenia, Pulmonaria and Brunnera are blooming and new shrubs and trees are establishing well. The first batch of Dahlia tubers have also been carefully prepared and planted in the garden by our expert Nursery team. This is an exciting time for us as we plan ahead and watch in anticipation as the garden grows and develops. If you are visiting and enjoying a stroll around the garden, do stop and say hello to Tim, he will be happy to welcome you and talk about the garden’s progress.
The Celebration Garden is really taking form and coming to life now that the weather has brought us some sunshine and showers. We are working hard adding new planting such as our blend of Clematis and climbing Roses along our fence line. A new long flowering border has also been added at the front of the Dahlia field containing a mixture of red and yellow Geums with Variegated Iris.
This year we are planting a lovely selection of small trees around the garden and along the central borders. The new trees add height to the garden and will attract a variety of birds and insects. Our first planting of wildflowers are coming through strongly now and the second wave has now been sown for our Summer display.
We are planning some more surprises and features for the Celebration garden over the next few weeks such as our new spiral lawn maze so watch this space.
How the garden has grown over that last month. The roses are in flower, and the early summer perennial plants are also in full colour. The Dahlia Field was planted last week, the strong winds over the weekend will have given the plants a bit of a shock, and now there is about ten days before anything appears to happen – but beneath the soil there is a mass of activity with the young roots getting themselves established. The field and garden are open to walk around at your leisure and watch their progress over the summer months.
This month’s mix of sunshine and much needed rain has given the Celebration Garden a boost, and our plants are providing a lovely mix of colours for our Customers to enjoy. We are taking part in ‘The Big Butterfly Count’, and many Children and Adults have been busy chasing butterflies around the garden, and filling in their charts. Many of the Dahlias in the flowerbeds are in bloom, and the Flower Carpet roses are a mass of bright pink.
When you come to visit, also look out for our Clematis plants, which are flowering beautifully right now. Some of the other plants that are looking lovely at the moment are Ligularia, Persicaria, Leucanthemum, Kniphofia, Monarda and Echinacea.
The Garden is constantly changing at this time of year. The wild flowers are too, the blue sea a couple of weeks ago has now been joined by bright yellows and the pink of the Cosmos are just beginning to open. If you stand still and watch you will see that the boarder is a mass of humming pollinating insects and bees.
We hope you enjoy visiting our Garden, where you can escape for a little while, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.