Thursday, 28 May 2015

"Ton Sur Ton" (In Matching Shades)

Two days ago the team began working on changing the display in The Besse Courtyard (Provost's Yard). The seven oak planters were emptied off all the winter display plants; the wallflowers placed on the compost heaps; tulips put in trays to dry out; the ivy potted up and the evergreen shrubs planted in to the healing in border.

Before the planters were topped up with new compost they were moved from their central position within the yard to the side, building work in this area during the summer months influenced the need to relocate them. Using a pallet truck each planter was careful manoeuvred to its new position.  

By the end of the day the planters had fresh compost in them and were ready for planting.

This morning Ali and Simon had the pleasure of creating the summer display in the seven oak planters. The plants used are Salvia 'Amistad', Salvia microphylla 'Cerro Potosi', Salvia curviflora, Anisodontea 'El Rayo', Plectranthus coleoides 'Variegata', Actaea matsumutae 'White Pearl' (syn. Cimicifuga) and a rich pink pelargonium (variety unknown, but a real favourite of the gardeners). Thank you to a college Fellow who gave a name to the display upon seeing the shades of pink and purple,"ton sur ton", it's French for "the matching shades". 

In a shady corner of the yard three lead planters were also planted up for the summer, completely different to those just a few metres away but so much fun to create. 

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