Dyffryn Gardens head gardener’s blog

Over the next few years we’ll be reviving the gardens at Dyffryn back to their Edwardian splendour. Follow our blog to find out the latest.

This blog is written by Chris Flynn, Head Gardener Chris Flynn Head Gardener
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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.

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20 Feb 2021

February- Farewell deep freeze, Hello springtime!

Published: 20 February 2021

As the ground thaws and cold winds are replaced by warming sun (in between the showers!) we look forward to what comes next from the rapidly changing landscape that is the garden in spring.

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20 Jan 2021

January-long nights and a 2020 wrap up

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.

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22 Dec 2020

December- Hedges again

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.

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25 Nov 2020

November- Lifting, dividing and propagating

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.

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22 Oct 2020

October- eye-catching autumn

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!

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26 Sep 2020

September- Knowledge is Key

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.

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21 Feb 2020

February- Five go coppicing

Published: 21 February 2020

As the wind blew and the rain fell, far from the relative comfort of the potting shed, the five gardeners ascended the Skirrid towards Caer Wood and their quarry. A wonderland of birch and hazel awaited the intrepid explorers. In search of sticks they went, and they were justly rewarded!

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9 Jan 2020

January- back to the future

Published: 9 January 2020

Looking ahead is the thing to do this time of year. A garden burgeoning with promise, the faces of the heralds of spring are emerging from the beds and thoughts are already drifting to the spectacular seasonal displays that await later in the year. But one of the joys of working in heritage is that you must look back to move forwards and that’s exactly where this next bit is headed.

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26 Nov 2019

November- All paths lead to somewhere

Published: 26 November 2019

Ground breaking? Not at all, but in design terms getting your hard landscaping right won’t just get you from A to B it also helps set the tone across the garden, tying built structures and grown elements together. More importantly than that in a garden revival, doing it properly and doing it once paves the way for a great deal more.

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17 Oct 2019

October- Autumn is here..ish

Published: 17 October 2019

The calendar would suggest that autumn is here. Whilst there is a more persistent chill and lower light there are still vestiges of summer flying their colourful flags, before the returning reds, oranges and yellows of autumn pick up the baton.

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