Signs of spring, West Dean

A photo blog post

We spent the weekend at West Dean college near Chichester on 4th and 5th February, where Charles was giving two day courses. The estate was owned by the remarkable Edward James, who donated the land, house and an extensive collection of art to create a college.

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Stained glass window commemorating Edward James

Although it is not the best time of year to visit the gardens they are still wonderful – so many flowers emerging outside in early February.

Violas in one of the glasshouses.

Some of the new sowings for the glasshouses and vegetable gardens.

I have serious glasshouse envy!

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The impressive walled kitchen garden was remarkably empty, just leeks this year. Usually there are brassicas too.

Winter no dig gardening

We have had some hard frosts here in Bruton, with temperatures falling well below zero (that’s cold for for Somerset, I appreciate that elsewhere it would be considered rather mild weather!) Although not frost free, the polytunnel offers a lot of protection from the winter weather, in particular icy winds and rain, enabling me to grow a far wider range of food year round.