Summer in the gardens at Baddesley Clinton
Lift your spirits and enjoy the delights of summer in the garden here at Baddesley. Peonies and roses make our gardens the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll in the sun.
Baddesley's walled garden is the centre point of our gardens in the summer. It is full of flowers, from perennial sweet peas and foxgloves in the box borders to beautiful climbing roses along the paths. The rose garden in the middle of the lawn is also a riot of colour. The annual border will be looking its best in July with flowers in all colours including blue!
The wildflower meadow is a haven of tranquility for bees and butterflies amidst beautiful wildflowers.
Our vegetable garden is the perfect place for a stroll in the sunshine and the restored vinery is starting to flower and will produce dark purple grapes in autumn. The adjacent cut-flower borders not only look beautiful, but provide nectar for all the visiting bees and butterflies.
We have been working on a Garden Conservation Plan over the last few years to help us to understand more about our outdoor spaces, their histories and stories over the centuries, and to allow us to prioritise and schedule work that is necessary to look after them for centuries to come. We have already relocated the vegetable garden and updates on the work will be shared with you as it progresses.
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. A few years ago they 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. The team made the difficult decision not to replant dahlia border here at Baddesley and instead have planted a pumpkin border.
Last year we sowed an insect-friendly flower mix that was a great success and planted the same mix in the border this year. However, our seed mix was overwhelmed by weeds and it was not feasable to re-sow, so for this year we proudly present our pumpkin border, utilising spare seedlings from the vegetable garden.
The pumpkins will provide a low-maintenance display lasting into early winter. Watch this space to see what we come up with next year!