Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Wires & Climbers

Between the Ruskin Building and the orchard is an old wall which separates the two areas. Having removed the mishaped, diseased peach trees last year, the team spent the day removing ivy from the wall and fixing new wires to it.
Once the wires were fixed in place climbers were planted and tied in at the base and, once established, should begin to cover the wall and eventualy produce a spectacular covering.
The climbers used were; Clematis armandii, an evergreen, spring flowering, fragrant, white flowered clematis; Akebia quinata, a fast growing, semi evergreen climber with fragrant cup shaped purple flowers; Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak', an ornamental vine with large leaves turning red, gold and orange in the autumn; Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea', purple leaved grape vine producing small, unpalatable, purple grapes in the autumn.

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