Monday, 3 June 2013
A New Central Display
The sun has come out and, hopefully, the threat of a late frost has eased. The team get to work on clearing out the nine wooden oak pots in the Provost's courtyard.
The winter display is removed, the annuals are put on the compost heap and the shrubs planted out in the gardens.
The pots, still containing soil, are too heavy to lift so the New Holland, with the fork lift attachment, is used to move them from the corners to their new place in the centre of the courtyard. The pots have been in the corners since 2009, see blog entry 28th February 'The Oak Pots'.
The pots are topped up with new soil mixed with water retaining granules and Growmore, a granular plant food. By the end of the day, the are full of plants to create this year's summer display. These include Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' (Red Abysinian Banana), Abutilon, Cyperus alternifolius (Umbrella papyrus), Gomphocarpus physocarpus (Balloon Plant), Cotinus coggyria 'Royal Purple' (Smoke Bush), pink Pelargonium, Plectranthus forsteri (Variegated Plectranthus), Dahlia 'David Howard' (Burnt Orange Dahlia), Cosmos sulphureus 'Polidor' (Orange Cosmos), Tibouchina urvilleana (Glory Bush) and many more.