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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.
With a wide variety of Acers and deciduous trees the views across the garden and onto the Shropshire countryside beyond are amazing in Autumn. It’s harvest time in our orchard and kitchen garden so an important time of year for our gardeners with lots of work to do while the sun still shines. Why not have a chat to them when you see them working in the garden and find out more about our fantastic gardens.
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
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 September
- Plant out spring flowering bulbs
- Lift and divide herbaceous perennials, rejuvenating older plants and getting more
- Water plants if September is a dry month
- Start picking earlier apple varieties as they ripen
- Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals
- Scarify and re-seed your lawn, while the ground is still warm and moist
- Leave hydrangea flower heads on to protect buds until risk of frost is over
- Harvest marrows and pumpkins
- Plant out biennials like wallflowers, winter pansies and California poppies