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In the garden Dungeness Open Studios

Beach gardener Dungeness

Hardy plants, poppies, shrubs, favoured weeds and herbs growing around our studios on the arid shingle beach in Dungeness.

A view of the progression of a beach garden over the course of the year.

Outside of the annually widespread 'faithful growers' - The mighty sea kale, iris, sedum, valerian, vipers bugloss, foxgloves, mosses, broom, gorse, hardy grasses, wild sweetpea and the tiny orchid like wonders (amongst many others). Plants that succeed in these windy desert-like conditions are in general grey-green in colour, furry leafed, salt tolerant, low growing herbs/weeds with some 'surprising and thriving' exceptions... Poppies, hellebore, mallow, cardoum, sweetpeas, courgettes, mullein, nicotiana, feverfew, hollyhocks, burley, angelica, thistles, wallflowers, cerinthe, angelica and evening primroses of all types will in our experience grow in abundance.

The Dungeness garden 2009 as a dry seed factory for next years growth.... 2010/11 garden page

In the garden this week - June

Bugloss, wild sweet pea garden Dungeness Kent Nicotiana garden Dungeness Kent Wild delphinium garden Dungeness Kent
Bugloss, wild sweet pea. Roadside stall - £1 a pot Delphinium and Knautia macedonica.
Feverfew bouquet garden Dungeness Kent Evening primrose garden Dungeness Kent Poppy bank, digitalis garden Dungeness Kent
Feverfew bouquet. Evening primrose. Poppy bank, digitalis... etc.
Cerinthe garden Dungeness Kent Angelica garden Dungeness Kent Mallow pathway to studio Dungeness Kent
Cerinthe. Angelica. Mallow pathway to the L.A.B.

In the garden - May

Poppy garden Dungeness Kent Pokers and light Iris garden Dungeness Kent Three daisies in a poppy bank garden Dungeness Kent

Oriental poppy.


Pokers and purple iris.


Three daisies in a poppy bank.


Horned poppy garden Dungeness Kent Angelica garden Dungeness Kent Poppy in bell grass garden Dungeness Kent


Horned poppy in the pathway.


Angelica and light iris.


Poppy in bell grass.

Studio 2 garden Dungeness Kent garden horned wild poppy Dungeness Kent Beach garden Iris in bloom at Dungeness

Studio 2, Valerian pathway.


Yellow horned poppy


Purple Iris in bloom


Allium - Iris  garden Dungeness Kent wild red field poppy Dungeness Kent Mixed poppy bank Dungeness Kent


Allium - Iris - Tree Lupin


First poppy of the year....


Mixed poppy bank in readiness...

In the garden - April

Studio 1 garden Dungeness Kent garden centre bed Dungeness Kent Beach garden an elevated view at Dungeness
Studio one, iris, wallflowers. Euphorbia, angelica. Elevated garden, pathway view.
Angelica growing in Dungeness garden Beach garden plants in shingle Dungeness potted plants Dungeness
Angelica and general view. Daffs in the bath Reinforcements from the cold frame.

Early growth - March

 Garden view Purple flag Iris Dungeness Kent Birdbox view Dungeness Kent Beach garden a mullein in it's second year at Dungeness
Purple flag Iris and bluebells. Destination - Sparrow. Mullein (beast) in the second year.
Angelica growing in Dungeness Beach garden plants in readiness Dungeness snowdrop Dungeness
Angelica, evening primrose. Reinforcements - Hollyhocks, verbena, mulleins, mallows, wallflowers, and self seeded mystery survivors. Hurrah.... one snowdrop.

Hopeful mixed planting - March

 Garden tools wheelbarrow Dungeness Kent  majestic oriental poppy Dungeness Kent Beach garden herbals Dungeness
Garden clobber. Majestic oriental poppy. Hellebore, feverfew, aqualegia,
wild digitalis.
wild rose growing in Dungeness Beach garden plants in  Dungeness false cherry Dungeness
Beach rose, evening primrose. Hollyhocks, verbena, primroses and self seeded survivors. False cherry. rosemary, hollyhocks

Preparation - February

 Garden view lavender bank in Dungeness Kent Garden view Dungeness Kent Beach garden a coldframe at Dungeness
Lavender, rosemary bank. Before the spring cut back. Reinforcements in the cold frame.
Garden tyre kale and iris Dungeness Beach garden cardoum Dungeness Garden midden pile for critters and birds Dungeness
In the tyre - Iris, daffs and kale. Artichoke, succulents. Midden pile after the cut back...

Below - some examples from last year - in and around the garden

Garden poppy Dungeness Kent Garden bouquet of sea kale at Dungeness Beach garden valerian Dungeness
Poppy variety. Sea kale bouquet. Valerian variety.
Garden gorse Dungeness Beach garden mid summer studio Garden sea kale studio Dungeness
Wind, rabbit sculpted gorse. Horned poppy, hellebore. Exotic and field poppy mix.

More images and garden views will be added regularly in a loose 'blog style' as the seasons progress...

We like to use - - A modern Herbal by Mrs M. Grieve.

Available Paintings

paintings structures Dungeness Art

4 studies for 'Space Junk'

Rises | Falls Dungeness Art
Rises | Falls

Beach Art

Structure Simplified structures - Encountered, ingenious, functional, hand made, beautiful....

Beach Box Dungeness paintings

Shingle box

Beach  Dungeness beach, oil painting

Stages | Requirements series

Beach  Dungeness beach, oil painting

Stages | Requirements series

Beach  Dungeness beach, oil painting