Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Six Years On

22nd April 2009

Six years ago the gardeners created a new, small garden in front of the Middle Common Room, 'The Black & White Garden'. As the pictures show it has matured, with April being the best time to see it at its best. The project to rejuvenate the garden started at the beginning of April 2009 and was finally completed three weeks later, on the 22nd. See blog entries 'Rejuvenation', 'Not Finished Yet!' and 'Finished'.

22nd April 2015

The planting scheme to create the garden was: Common box (Buxus sempervirens), Osmanthus (Osmanthus delavayi), Oregon grape 'Apollo' (Mahonia aquifolium 'Apollo'), White stemmed Bramble (Rubus cockburnianus), Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis 'Jacquemontii'), Clematis (Clematis armandii) and Black grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'). The black and white is broken up by the yellow flowers of the Mahonia, the evergreen leaves become very dark, almost black in the winter, and the Primrose Jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi).

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