Gardens can be a tricky beast, at the mercy of so many variables they can become a cause of frustration, sorrow, joy, elation, discovery and passion. Pick your destination, hold the course, and let time take care of the rest.Continue reading...
Each month Chris Flynn, Head Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens fills us in on what the team are up to. From reinstating garden features to what to look out for on your next visit, Chris gives us his top tips for the month.
27 Jul 2021
Published: 27 July 2021
30 Jun 2021
Published: 30 June 2021
June drop- the term for the time of year when evergreens will shed their previous years leaves. Those that had protected and nourished them for a season, now set aside for the next batch. It certainly feels like a time of renewal. Renewal of ideas, renewal of practices and of setting ourselves up to be as productive as possible until this time next year.Continue reading...
28 May 2021
Published: 28 May 2021
At the risk of being lambasted for speaking too soon, it finally looks like the weather is on the change! After a cold April and an incredibly wet May, the garden is finally starting to wake up. As well as welcoming back the survivors we begin to count the cost of waterlogged root zones.Continue reading...
21 Apr 2021
Published: 21 April 2021
Night temperatures rising, less rainfall, sun’s out, ground drying out, bulbs in flower, cherries and magnolias in flower, looking good! Then… Temperatures drop, snow, hailstorms, the return of frost, magnolias have all turned brown. All that was missing was drought, glad we still had time in the month to fit that in!Continue reading...
20 Feb 2021
20 Jan 2021
Published: 20 January 2021
Epiphanies can come to us at any point, sometimes when you’re trying to sleep and your mind starts racing, but not for the usual garden-based reasons of ‘did I turn that tap off’ or ‘have I left a poly tunnel door open…again!’ This time, for whatever reason images of forgotten work from the first lockdown began to surface starting a mini review of work highlights from the past year.Continue reading...
22 Dec 2020
Published: 22 December 2020
I’m not sure exactly how it’s happened, but apparently, it’s December already. Across the garden we’re looking forward to setting ourselves up for the next year, with a few changes to make us a little more robust for 2021, just in case.Continue reading...
25 Nov 2020
Published: 25 November 2020
If we’re making hay when the sun shines, then as soon as the rain sets in for autumn it’s time to make more plants. It is certainly one of my favourite things about late autumn. After watching the borders develop through the season and picking your favourites for the year, it’s a great time to lift and divide.Continue reading...
22 Oct 2020
Published: 22 October 2020
What to do, what to do, what to do. Regularly check your weather reports, be prepared to change everything at the drop of a hat but do make time to observe the seasonal changes. You never know what might catch your eye this year!Continue reading...
26 Sep 2020
Published: 26 September 2020
Before you can really care for anything you need to understand it. Before you can do that, you need to know what you actually have. Without that developed knowledge you could end up with an assemblage of good intentions, but never realising your full potential.Continue reading...