Last weekend I was in beautiful Branscombe, Devon, England.
As usual I had to make my pilgrimage up the hill to Doreen’s Garden and this time I was lucky enough to meet the delightfully sprightly 84 year old. She is originally from Liverpool and has lived in this cottage for 34 years.
She gives me hope for the future!
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We had a lovely long chat and she showed me the best viewing points for photos .. Here
and then the view to the church
Doreen has a box for donations to support the Devon Air Ambulance and so far she has collected over £7,000!
You can even stay in her garden in this delightful self-catering little unit
what a sunny spot!
We talked about her magnificent dahlias
She doesn’t lift them but cuts them right back to the ground and mulches them.
I do not live in quite such a sheltered spot – I tried them years ago and did not have a good success rate, but I might give Doreen’s method a go as there is no doubt, they put on a spectacular show – if only they were scented .. mmmmm there’s a thought. Are there any scented dahlias?