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Carol Klein and Gardeners’ World

Carol Klein and Gardeners’ World

Carol Klein came to our hydrangea garden for a piece on Gardeners' World.  They spent the day taking photos and even showing how to take softwood cuttings.  It will be broadcast on Friday 3 August.  Here are a few shots of her visit.

We’re Famous!

We’re Famous!

Gardeners' World filmed all day on Friday, 20 July for a piece by Carol Klein to be broadcast on Friday 3 August.  Radio Derby is coming to see us on Tuesday 24 July and will broadcast on the Andy Twigge programme in the afternoon.  We still need 75 people to pledge...

Hydrangea Derby Crowdfund

Hydrangea Derby Crowdfund

Hydrangea Derby needs funds to keep the garden open and the hydrangea story going for another year. There's a Crowdfund website using this link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/find (search for hydrangea) where pledges can be made. We volunteers think because it's such...

Hydrangea Derby Open Day

Hydrangea Derby Open Day

The annual Open Day is on Sunday, 5 August 2018.  We'll be at the Darley Abbey Café from 10am to 3pm with information and updates.  The 2 tours of the day will be at 11am and 2pm  Each lasts about 45 minutes and will tell you about the different types of hydrangea and...

Hydrangea Derby New Leaflet

Hydrangea Derby New Leaflet

We've been working on a new leaflet for Hydrangea Derby and after various drafts have put together a very colourful tri-fold leaflet with lots of information about us and about how you can care for any hydrangeas you have already or will be inspired to buy and grow...

Hydrangea serrata this time

Hydrangea serrata this time

A couple more pictures to whet your appetites.  The first one is Hydrangea serrata Beni Temari which you can find in the outer garden and the second is Hydrangea serrata Dolmyf, again in the outer garden.  Serratas prefer shade and have smaller leaves with a more...

Walled Garden Gates Opening

Walled Garden Gates Opening

The new hydrangea season has begun so the gates of the walled garden will be open on Saturday 30 June at 10am.  Got a bit of tidying up to do beforehand.  We have 2 new benches for resting and admiring the view.  So, while you wait, a few photos of the flowers already...

Putting on Growth

Putting on Growth

Over the last couple of weeks the hydrangeas have caught up with growth.  The leaves are completely out now and the flower buds are taking off.  Some of the older hydrangeas have been pruned to take out all the dead wood and tidying up the overcrowded branches.  They...

Pruning Hydrangea paniculata

Pruning Hydrangea paniculata

The paniculatas have been pruned because they will grow flowers on this year's growth.  If you prune severely to the first 2 buds, you'll get fewer very large heads.  If you prune to 5 buds you'll get more but smaller heads.  No pruning at all and you'll get lots of...