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The formal gardens
Dudmaston’s gardens have year-round appeal, with many different varieties of plants and a rolling landscape leading the eye across Big Pool and onto the Shropshire Hills beyond.
The gardens are spectacular in spring when the spring-flowering bulbs, rhododendrons and azaleas bring a fantastic splash of colour and the promise of a long summer ahead. Sir George was a keen collector of auriculas and this is a tradition that our head gardener continues today, so don’t forget to look for the auricula theatre when you visit to witness a wonderful display.
We are planning the vegetable garden for the Spring, and I shall prune the roses soon, mid-March here. The snow has battered them. I have seen a few short-stemmed primroses and buds of hypatica (anemone)
Extract from her diary 2 March 1952
Plant of the month
Take a trip into the American garden and you will find the most spectacular tree. The Cornus Kousa, common name Japanese Flowering Dogwood, has the most amazing creamy white petal bracts. The variety Norman Hadden, which is a feature in our garden, has a beautiful pink tinge to the bracts with a tiny flower nestled in the centre. Take a look, you won’t be disappointed.
Did you know that we have 19 different varieties of apple in the orchard at Dudmaston? There are eight different orchards and cider in production on the estate. The apples are pressed every year and last year’s pickings have produced a wonderful apple juice that we are selling on the property through our shop, so next time you visit be sure to call in and pick up bottle. Our annual Orchard Day event is a fantastic way of celebrating everything great about apples and is the perfect opportunity for you to get the whole family involved through baking and making.
Jobs for June
- Continue weeding borders, hoe off your beds regularly to help maintain a weed free environment
- Plant out summer bedding at the beginning of June and display your hanging baskets
- Harvest any early crops like raddish, lettuce and early potatoes. Pinch out side shoots on tomato plants
- Cut grass weekly, or twice weekly for a more re-fined lawn
- Cut back daffodils when the foliage begins to yellow
- Prune your spring flowering shrubs, any later than this month may damage next year's flowering
- Stake any tall or floppy plants
- Prune your box hedge now and once more again during the summer. Avoid cutting into old growth
- Some flowers will benefit from being dead headed to promote a repeat bloom