Kelmarsh’s walled kitchen garden is awash with colour as the dahlias continue to flower this week, treating visitors to a glorious display of more than 30 varieties.
Throughout spring and summer, the kitchen garden landscape is constantly changing and dahlia season is always popular with visitors. Highlights include Pink Giraffe, Arabian Night, Cafe au Lait and Urchin, which frame the pathways leading down to the restored vinery. There are also a number of more unusual varieties, such as Admiral Rawlings.
In keeping with the tradition of Kelmarsh Hall, a selection of cut flowers – including dahlias – are used to decorate the Hall.
Gardener Fiona Alexander, who is responsible for the kitchen garden said: “Our dahlias really stand out as you enter the kitchen garden – they create a real impact because they’re big and bold. We have created a graduated border so you see the ‘cool’ colours first, leading on to the ‘hot’ colours towards the end. The reds and oranges hit you as you walk through the garden.
“Visitors have said how lovely the dahlias are and have commented on their size and the variety. We have been watering them thoroughly and feeding them regularly with comfrey so they’ve come up really well. We also stake some of them when they get too big.”
Later this year, the gardeners will start the mammoth task of digging up around 250 tubers to protect them from the frost during winter.
Much of what can be seen in the kitchen garden is thanks to the efforts of Kelmarsh’s team of garden volunteers. Read more about becoming a garden volunteer.