I managed to get to Great Dixter for its first ever winter open weekend (it doesn’t open properly until Easter) and wandered round in perfect weather. It was so still and warm that bees were everywhere and I even saw a Red Admiral butterfly flitting round the Barn Garden. It is fascinating to see a garden like this out of season – bare of foliage, the precise pruning and training of the fig is revealed, the cardoons look like benevolent triffids against an intensely blue sky, the tropical garden is all tucked up until risk of frost has passed and the serried ranks of plants in the nursery are an object lesson in prefect order.
One for the Diary
Sat 05.04.2014 - Sun 06.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
15th-16th & 22nd-23rd February Following the success of their wonderful autumn plant fairs, the team at Great Dixter have decided to add a spring fair... read more...
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...