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Summer pruning
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Above: A wonderful photo taken by Elly MacDonald of a hummingbird hawk moth feeding off the Nepeta (catmint) ‘Six Hills Giant’ outside the shop this week. Below: Liz from the garden team does some summer pruning in the scented garden. The frenetic pace of work in the garden May and June where everything grows at such a frantic rate is nearly over. These wonderfully rich and vibrant months, full…

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Pre-season briefing

We held two pre-season briefings in late February for the volunteer team. At the end of one of the meetings, we were asked if the notes (and images) were available to read through and digest; so here are the garden details.

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Close up of the Coade urn (photo credit: Andy Lewis)

Capability Brown 2016

Celebrating 300 years of Capabilty Brown’s stunning landscape designs

Uppark House and Garden will…

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Geometric Ambitions

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Above: The prepared portico bed ready for planting

The Portico bed in front of the house has recently had a ‘system upgrade’: it’s been replanted. The previous planting scheme was ‘a happy accident’ – an interim measure between old and new schemes, using plant material propagated from existing stock from the garden. We do our plant propagation at the Alitexshow site at Torberry Farm, just outside…

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Blooms in June and Beyond

Blooms in June and Beyond

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East Pavilion and wildflowers at Uppark (Image: Simon Bowler)

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Above Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’ growing at Uppark

Once the initial burst of spring flowering has done its thing, it can be difficult to sustain seasonal interest in the garden, particularly so if you’re developing your borders and have large sections of new planting as we have at Uppark.

So what can you do?

Plant fillers – these…

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Then and now; left Jenny clearing the site in preparation for the installation of the glasshouse base in autumn 2014. Right Ian from @alitex_ provides invaluable expertise with the glazing phase. (at Uppark House and Garden (National Trust))