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The Best Garden in Mitcheldean? (July 2015)
High Summer

This page is part of a series of garden blogs from 2015. Click here for the index.

Come July, it's time to sit back and enjoy the garden, the grass needs cutting from time to time but the weeds are under control. By and large it's 'care and maintenance' only otherwise, some parts need real water (not Severn Trent's patent plant poison) and the perennials are on show like the hebe, sweet William, lavender and campanula.

The upper garden has come on in leaps and bounds since the early days, it's a very private affair, only from the top of the hill can anyone look in, especially now next door is returning to nature. This is the upper reach of the roses, these are only in their first year in residence. Outside the summer house the lilies are starting (and the roses looked a little different come October...).

The swing shows no sign of needing to be used properly, instead it's a prop for the hanging baskets.

The middle flower bed is a right old mixture, godetia, geraniums and dark dahlias are prominent.

Next to the garden seat is Yuehong's summer bulb bed, every year it gets bigger:

Here are some close ups to give you an idea, from both this bed and the one outside the summer house:

Next up, it's back to the front garden...

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Rob and Yuehong Dickinson