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The famous collection of roses at Mottisfont Abbey is enjoying a longer than usual period in bloom thanks to the cool June weather.
Despite a very warm spring bringing the flowers into bloom early, the recent cool temperatures has slowed flowering down. The collection of old-fashioned roses has yet to peak, and should be looking their best over the next three weeks, say the National Trust.
“The prolonged warm dry weather in May resulted in blooms appearing earlier than they have in 30 years and we were concerned that many rose lovers who make the annual trip to our walled rose garden in mid-June may miss out,” said Howard Brisland, a senior gardener at Mottisfont.
“This cooler weather is just what we needed in order to slow down the growing process, and the result is a longer flowering period than we have experienced in many years. There will be exceptional rose displays throughout most of June.”
Mottisfont’s gardening team are running an informal “Gardener’s Question Time” every day from 2pm to 3pm in the Gardeners’ Information Room.
Mottisfont is extending its opening hours to to 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout June. On Mondays to Thursdays, the garden is open from 10am to 5pm.
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