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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27 Aug 2021

August- Green walls and an Exotic Adventure

Published: 27 August 2021

I’m often asked if I’m happy with things, my answer is that I’m always happy with progress. This progress is really starting to come in spades (pun wholeheartedly intended).

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27 Jul 2021

July- Keep the faith

Published: 27 July 2021

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.

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30 Jun 2021

June- June drop

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.

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28 May 2021

May- May Day mayday

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.

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21 Apr 2021

April- can be changeable

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!

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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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