A BORDER of vibrant plants blooming at an Oxford garden look set to stay until November.
The autumn border at Oxford University’s Botanic Garden, in Rose Lane, is designed to peak in September and October.
Comprised of dahlia, canna, salvia and tithonia plants, the border has blossomed into an “eye-catching” attraction, according to trainee horticulturalist Virginia Vargo.
She said: “The border is looking really good at the moment, the planting is really beautiful.”
The border was first designed and planted in 1999, with additional plantings made each year. There are now almost 1,000 plants in the border, which is about 45 metres long and five metres deep.
The garden’s curator, Tom Price, said he expected the border to stay in bloom until about November. He said: “It will keep looking good until we get the first hard frosts.
“This is better than previous years because we have had a really good growing season.
“The plants have had a huge amount of growth by controlling the amount of water given to them and because it has been so warm.”
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
5:10pm Tuesday 25th November 2014
THE speed limit on a stretch of the A34 will be cut to 50mph for six months to allow drainage work to be carried out.
5:00pm Tuesday 25th November 2014
A MUSCULAR dystrophy sufferer who raised funds in the fight against the disease has died aged 27.
3:21pm Tuesday 25th November 2014
TRAIN services from London Paddington to Oxford are being affected by cancellations and half-hour delays as a result of signalling problems.
12:04pm Tuesday 25th November 2014
Check out what is in our interactive back page today...
8:41am Tuesday 25th November 2014
The traffic lights are not working on the A4144 Abingdon Road at B4495 Weirs Lane.
10:38am Tuesday 25th November 2014
Here's today's interactive front page, with live links to the featured stories and also the latest headlines constantly updated