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The Best Garden in Mitcheldean? (August/September 2015)
Late Summer

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

I think I can safely say that Yuehong's dream of an English country cottage garden has come true. What was once a bare lawn is covered in roses, the beds on either side are full of flowering plants and the postman has difficulty finding his way to the front door.

Next to the house, only the picket fencing stops the dahlias from getting kicked to pieces.

The front side is full of fuchsias, asters and dark dahlias.

Not to mention the hanging baskets 

It was not our original intention to entertain passers by and encourage them to follow our example but Trevor up the road has been doing it for years, so in the end Yuehong succumbed. For my part it's all done to stop her asking for a pretty parking spot to replace the tired concrete;

Here are some close ups to give you an idea, plants chosen for a non-stop display all summer and fed judicious amounts of fertiliser.

It's a myth that flower gardens like ours are not wildlife friendly. We've birds and bees galore and these are a couple more of our residents:

Which concludes our summer. There's a lot of tidying up to do, geraniums and tender fuchsias will retreat to the greenhouse while the larger begonias and dahlias have to be dug up, dried and put safely in the garage.


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Rob and Yuehong Dickinson

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