Gar­den has raised £94k!

A sea­side gar­den in East Sus­sex that opens for char­ity, fea­tur­ing sculp­ture and re­claimed ob­jects.

Garden News (UK) - - Over The Fence - l Read more at www. drift­wood­by­ Ge­off Stonebanks

The gar­den has looked stun­ning re­cently. In the front gar­den, a shrub I bought a cou­ple of years ago, Bu­pleu­rum fru­ti­co­sum, or shrubby hare’s ear, has re­ally looked won­der­ful for many weeks now. It’s an ev­er­green shrub that grows up to about 2m (6ft 6in) tall, with sim­ple, blue-green leaves and clus­ters of tiny, yel­low flow­ers in sum­mer and early au­tumn – mine’s still go­ing strong.

This year, I’ve had some trial dahlia tu­bers from Thomp­son & Mor­gan that are just re­ferred to by let­ters of the al­pha­bet. They’ve had some vi­brant blooms on them over the last two months. I’m just about to re­port back to them on their im­pact in the gar­den.

I was also given lots of bulbs by Bakker, among them a se­lec­tion of glad­i­oli. They looked ut­terly amaz­ing in the gar­den to­wards the end of sum­mer, ris­ing ma­jes­ti­cally in a blaze of colour. All gone over now though, I’m afraid.

I have to say that the sum­mer of 2017 has been ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate through! Here in Seaford we’ve seen tor­ren­tial rain, the strong­est winds and, with­out doubt, the hottest days of any of the 13 years we’ve been here! All in all, not a good recipe for main­tain­ing a gar­den open to the pub­lic as much as mine.

I bought my­self a brug­man­sia, or an­gel’s trum­pet, last spring. I’ve re­cently had some beau­ti­ful orange flow­ers de­velop on it, which look quite stun­ning. I’d run out of places to po­si­tion it so it has prob­a­bly been in the sun too much. I’ll have to try and find it a partly-shady spot next year.

I also bought two small­ish Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata ‘Lime­light’ last sum­mer, which have gone mad this year! I’ve kept them both in con­tain­ers, but placed them in a bed area on the soil and every­one thinks they’re planted in the ground.

The gar­den open­ings of 2017 are well be­hind us now, but what a suc­cess­ful sea­son! We had more than 2,300 vis­i­tors from May to early Septem­ber. They came from all over the world, too – Bei­jing, Tokyo, Aus­tria, Bel­gium, In­dia and South Amer­ica, to name but a few. Quite amaz­ing! We’ve now raised a stag­ger­ing £94,000 for char­ity.

This ‘Bells of Ire­land’ sculp­ture sits neatly among my real plants Th­ese art sculp­tures look just as good as the blooms be­hind them I al­ways make sure the cen­tral steps have a blaz­ing dis­play of bed­ding to at­tract vis­i­tors

I’ll be re­port­ing back on this su­perb dahlia, and right, a trio of coloured glads

Lots of fresh onions will be stored away now

Early ap­ple ‘Dis­cov­ery’

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