Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Cannas & Dahlias

Basal growth on Dahlias in the hot house

A couple of weeks ago we started pulling select Dahlias out of the cellar and putting them in the hot house to force growth for cuttings. With the recent wave of warm weather, we have already had significant basal growth, allowing us to take quite a few cuttings. These cuttings are important because overtime Dahlia tubers may dry out or rot or be eaten or simply tire out. It's important, therefore, to increase inventory by propagating. 

Our beautifully constructed potting bench

This week we have been taking select Cannas and additional Dahlias out of the Cellar and potting them up. These plants are being divided and potted into different sized pots,  depending on the tuber size or the required number of plants for both the garden and the nursery. After they're potted up they're placed under glass in a cold frame, where they will begin to put on growth but still have necessary protection. We won't be needing the plants for a while yet, but by getting this done now, we'll have stronger plants when the time comes for planting. Also, by doing it now, we get it out of the way and give ourselves time for other important projects around the garden, such as weeding, staking, and sorting the next phase of seedlings in the nursery. 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bedding...Before & After

It's been really exciting to watch as the bedding sections I helped plant fill out and flower. One of the first bits I planted was the circular steps by the orchard. We planted Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) in combination with Tulipa 'Combat'. Over the last week it has really come into its own, and turned out quite nicely I think. 

Before: Original planting in November

After: The combination turned out well

Friday, 18 April 2014

Plant of Interest

Clematis alpina 'Frances Rivis'

Origin: Europe

Size: 1-3m (3-9ft) 

Cultivation: Moist, well-drained soil in sun-part shade. As is the case with most Clematis, the roots should be kept cool and protected. Pruning Group 1- no regular pruning required, but if necessary prune directly after flowering. HARDY (USDA 6b/7a)

Observations: This early light blue-purple flowering Clematis produces wonderful bell-shaped, nodding flowers.  Here it hangs effortlessly from supporting branches of Euonymus europaeus near the kitchen drive, and looks stellar against the bright yellow flower heads of Euphorbia robbiae. It also has an Award of Garden Merit (AGM). 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

What better way to start of the season...?

Come on out for our SPRING PLANT FAIR this Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity to see what some of the top nurseries in the UK and Europe are growing, and it's all in one place! Not only that, but our garden is looking quite nice right now, so why not come and see it all??