Thursday, 4 June 2015

Three Rusty Iron Crates

28th April 2015

29th May 2015

The team have working on the corner border since last Friday, 29th May, clearing out all the wallflowers and lifting the tulips.

Once the winter display had been removed, wallflowers to the compost heap and the tulips placed in trays to dry out, the box balls were clipped, the border weeded, fed with the granular fertiliser Growmore, and levelled ready for planting.

1st June 2015
On Monday, 1st June, the plants were brought over from the greenhouse and cold frames ready for planting.

Once Simon and Ali had placed them out in to their planting positions the plants, grown from cuttings and seed, were planted by Ady, Graham and Danny.

This year's plants for this display are as follows; Rudbeckia hirta 'Cappucino', Antirrhinum majus 'Black Prince', Antirrhinum majus 'Royal Bride', Eupatorium capillifolium, Nicotiana langsdorffii, Tagetes tenuifolia 'Paprika', Rudbeckia hirta 'Toto', Zinnia marylandica 'Zahara Sunburst', Abutilon x hybridum 'Waltz', Alonsoa meridionalis, Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion', Zinnia elegans 'Envy Double', Pelargonium tomentosum and Mina lobata

Three bamboo canes were placed in the border by Simon and the team were told that something was going to be delivered in a few days, the canes marked the spot where these items were going to be placed.

4th June 2015

This morning at half past ten the mysterious items were delivered, three large rusty, but beautiful crates. The crates were carefully placed in the spaces the canes had marked, two on their ends and one on its side.

Once in situ, potted Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopf were placed in the crates. These wonderful dark succulents are usually planted in the border amongst the other plants but soon disappear as all around them grow. This year they have pride of place and are already causing quite a stir

In the border opposite it looks like some of these succulents have managed to escape from the confines of their crates, underplanted with a black pincushion flower, Scabious 'Ace Of Spades'.

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