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A recent gardening session at Blickling Hall focused on tidying up the borders behind the Orangery, including ‘editing’ out a large number of Foxglove seedlings. The hot, humid weather started to take it’s toll, so my fellow volunteers and I decided to take an early lunch, via a quick trip to the Rose Garden, which was created about 2 years ago in an enclosed and rather shady area beneath some majestic trees.

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Using traditional musk and damask shrub roses, the area is starting to fill out, the roses forming a low, wave-like surface with some beautiful blooms and fabulous fragrances, and despite the limited light, the plants seem to be doing well.

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Head Gardener Paul tells me he wants to gradually introduce some other planting to extend the seasons of interest and to broaden the colour pallette from pink into mauves and purples.

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Old School Gardener

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