This is what I call the long Dahlia border. It started off when I first came here with just Dahlias but over the years I've added different annuals to accompany the Dahlias. The first and only addition for a few years was Cosmos. This year I have added three foot Sunflower and also Gladioli. The Sunflowers have done fine but as yet there is no sign of the Gladioli, I think they may have been overwhelmed. At the back of the border growing against the brick wall are Roses, Sweet Peas and Fig trees. The Roses and the Fig being the only permanent residence in the border. I like this border because first of all I love the versatility and range of colour and flowering length that Dahlias provide . Also I like that every year can be a little different. There is quite a bit of work involved lifting, storing and then replace ting the Dahlias but no more work than is involved with Roses etc.
We are taking a weekend break so yesterday visited Burghley House. As is usually the case we went mainly for the gardens which to be honest were a little disappointing from a gardeners point of view. The house on the other hand looks impressive when viewed from across the park.