Autumn in the gardens at Baddesley Clinton
Baddesley's a great place to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the autumn sun and take in the glorious colours, not only of the leaves but also in our famous dahlia border.
The dahlias are at their peak in September and will flower right the way through to the first frosts in early November.
The dahlias have been grown in the same space here at Baddesley for nearly 20 years and the garden team have gradually seen an increase in pests and diseases. This year they have contracted a mosaic virus which causes the leaves and flowers to distort and stunt the plants growth. This virus could travel to the tubers and soil making the border unsuitable for future dahlia planting. Due to this the team have made the difficult decision that this year will be the last year we have a dahlia border. We are not sure yet what will put in the space next summer, but we will keep you updated.
The walled garden still has plenty to see in the borders...
...and the vegetable garden still looks good.
The pumpkins from the vegetable garden will all have been harvested and will be used to decorate the property during October for Halloween.
A stroll round the lake is always lovely, and will become even more spectacular as the leaves turn colour.
From late October we ask visitors to help us collect up leaves – a lovely opportunity for people big and small to get involved and help us look after Baddesley – even if just for 10 minutes!