We didn’t waste any time getting out into the garden this week as we were expecting a large delivery of manure!
Jobs this week.
- Feeding the roses with said manure.
- Continuing to label and document the roses.
- The Dahlias and Gladioli were brought out of the greenhouse. We sorted through the Dahlias to make sure they were firm (not rotting) and then planted them in pots. The Gladioli were placed in trays to encourage further growth after which they will be planted up in pots. Both will then be planted out in the garden when they are more established and less likely to be eaten by slugs and snails.
- Top Garden. We emptied pots of Ophiopogum planiscarpus ‘Nigrescens’ and Cyclamen and these were then planted out in the Winter Garden. Obelisks were woven for the sweet peas. And we fed the Clematis and cleared vegetation from around their base, adding grit and giving them a good feed. Hopefully this will deter slugs and snails and encourage stronger growth.
- The rest of the group spent the morning weaving and constructing more plant supports in different areas of the garden: A ‘cathedral’ was erected on the other side of the greenhouse to match the one built last week.
Obelisks for annual climbers were constructed outside the Garden Room.
And more obelisks were woven for Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’
This week we concentrated on some of the beautiful spring bulbs which are growing in the garden at the moment.
Leucojum vernum – spring snowflake
This bulbous perennial grows to a height of 30cm. It has dark green, strappy leaves and white bell-shaped flowers with green tips.
Muscari ‘Golden Fragrance’
This is an atractive alternative to the blue forms. It is free-flowering and highly fragrant. Its soft-purple flowers turn to a golden yellow when they are fully-formed.
Fritillaria meleagris – snake’s head fritillary
These unusual bell-shaped flowers with a chequerboard pattern are surrounded by lance-shaped grey-green leaves.
Chionodoxa ‘Pink Giant’
These pale pink star-shaped flowers are one of the first spring bulbs to appear in the garden. If undisturbed, they naturalise well in lawns and can form a carpet, particularly underneath deciduous trees.
These creamy-yellow flowers are born on stems of up to 35cm and have mottled rich green leaves. If you cut away the old leaves in early spring, the flowers are better exposed before the emergence of the new foliage.
These delicate plants like to be grown in cool, moist conditions but do not like the wet. If you look closely, the flowers are clovered in a ‘floury’ coating which can easily mark in the rain. Many people grow them in ‘auricula theatres’ so that they are semi-protected from the wet.
These dwarf Narcissi grow up to 20cm and their stems can carry up to five umbles of creamy-yellow flowers.
Another of our dwarf varieties looking so pretty in the garden at the moment.