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A last blast of flower power

Dahlia imperialis 'Alba'

Well so far so good, Christmas only a couple of weeks away and not a frost to speak of, so that’s given us time to put the garden to rest for the winter. By that I mean protecting our tender succulent plants and lifting some plants to be stored under glass until springtime. Not all is standing still in the garden as there are some fantastic displays of early Camellias and winter flowering Mahonias, but by far the crown in the jewel is our stunning Dahlia imperialis ‘Alba’. This tender beauty grows to about 3m tall and is known as a tree Dahlia. It is a native to Mexico where it really has a more Mediterranean climate, yet it survives outdoors with us but often it gets its leaves and flower buds ‘wind and frost’ blasted before it gets the chance to flower. This year it has performed the best for many a year and is a real surprise for visitors this time of year. We have also been somewhat contemporary with our choice of Christmas tree in the Colonial restaurant by dressing a ‘Norfolk Island Pine’, it does the job!!   Happy Chrismas and a bonne Annee.

Norfolk Island Pine Christmas tree.
Norfolk Island Pine Christmas tree

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  1. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any points for rookie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    1. Sorry about the late reply, it is the very nature of running a garden that I find hard to pin myself down in the office for too long. We need more wet days to catch up with the blog page!! Points for blog writing -Well personally I write as if I am speaking directly to a friend. It makes it personal and obsorbing. Good pictures help bring the events to light.Not too much wasted detail with rambling on, but clear points of interest.
      I’m no expert, I quess everyone develops their own style.

    1. I’m afraid you missed out on our new garden guide by a week. It was sold out when you visited whilst we waited for the updated new booklet that tells the gardens story,it’s history and about the plants.It’s on sale now in the garden shop and ticket office.

  2. beautiful gardens we visited 9th july despite the weather we managed with wheelchair to have a reasonable visit considering the deluge of rain.
    I was however disappointed to find no booklet on the history or book on the plants in the tropical garden. I am an enthusiastic gardener so in this age of publicity and communication I am disapointed to find the only information is on the gardeners log. There are postcards for sale so there must be consent to photograph and sell images so I wonder why we are being deprived of parting with our money?
    regards Maggie

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