‘Bishop’s Chil­dren’ light the gar­den with colour

A fam­ily gar­den in Ast­ley Burf, Worces­ter­shire, with re­cently de­vel­oped beds and bor­ders.

Garden News (UK) - - Over The Fence - Joanna Daniels

Ilove this time in the gar­den, al­though it’s of­ten our busiest. With beech hedges, both within the gar­den and along the front bound­ary, not to men­tion mixed na­tive hedges around the or­chard that all need cut­ting, there’s plenty to do.

It’s hard work, but sat­is­fy­ing when they’re all cut, clip­pings

cleared up and we’re just left with aching mus­cles and the knowl­edge that we don’t have to do it again for another year.

A more re­lax­ing job has been tak­ing cut­tings, par­tic­u­larly from pen­ste­mons, salvias and some shrubs – it’s so sat­is­fy­ing when they ac­tu­ally root. The green­house is full of ripen­ing Old fash­ioned shrub rose, toma­toes – both ‘Gar­dener’s ‘Reine des Vi­o­lettes’, has a De­light’ and beef­steak ‘Cos­to­luto few late flow­ers and rose Fiorentino’. I’m not too sure ‘Des­de­mona’ is still cov­ered about this one, al­though it’s in scented, pinky-white tasty roasted and served on blooms. A hy­drangea in a toast for break­fast. half-bar­rel is look­ing good

There’s plenty of colour and other hy­drangeas around the gar­den from dahlias planted last au­tumn are in var­i­ous colours. I sowed seed set­tling well into their of dahlia ‘Bishop’s Chil­dren’ and new po­si­tions.

have marked a rather nice red- Swal­lows and house flow­ered plant to over­win­ter. mar­tins that have spent the sum­mer here are now pre­par­ing to mi­grate. On my early morn­ing dog walks re­cently, I’ve ob­served th­ese birds lined up on elec­tric­ity wires, stretch­ing their wings.

It’s been a real treat as I’ve walked through the fields to sud­denly find my­self sur­rounded by the birds, swoop­ing low over the grass. How­ever, it was pointed out that I was prob­a­bly dis­turb­ing in­sects as I walked that they were then feed­ing on.

Rose ‘Reine des Vi­ole es’

Hy­drangeas seem to be do­ing re­ally well this year

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