Wednesday, 25 May 2016

All Change At The Far End Of The Quad

It's that time of year again when the gardeners turn their attention to the summer bedding displays but before the planting out can begin the winter displays need to be removed. The first border to be changed is the one located at the far end of the quad, 'The Bottom Border' as it is known by the team.

Yesterday the wallflowers were dug out first and, a change from previous years, the tulips were dug out too. Since the tulips were planted in the border two years ago they have always been left in but the dying foliage becomes are hiding place for slugs and snails who just love to eat freshly planted annuals! Once the wallflowers and tulips have been removed, the border was weeded, fed with growmore granules and forked through ready for today's planting.

Bringing most of the gardeners to their knees to plant the display, this year's seeds sown annuals and plants from cuttings are as follows:
Seed sown annuals: Nicotiana mutabilis, Nicotiana x hybrida 'Whisper Mixed', Gypsophila elegans 'Kermesina', Ammi visnaga 'White', Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Burgundy Beau', Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Snow Maiden', Antirrhinum majus 'Lipstick Silver', Antirrhinum majus 'Royal Bride', Cosmos bipinnatus 'Dazzler', Cosmos bipinnatus 'Versailles Tetra', Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click Cranberries', Cosmos bipinnatus 'Candy Stripe', Daucus carota 'Dara', Cleome spinosa 'Violet Queen' and Lavatera trimestris 'Dwarf Pink Blush'.
Cuttings: Plectranthus argentatus 'Silver Shield', Salvia 'Penny's Smile', Diascia personata, Argyranthemum 'Whirligig Purple', Pelargonium 'Angel Eyes Randy, Pelargonium 'Clorinda', Plectranthus coleoides 'Marginatus', Tibouchina urvilleana and Anisodontea capensis.

The structure is provided by the permenant planting, the perennials and shrubs, Hemerocallis 'Catherine Woodbery', Artemisia 'Powis Castle'Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough', Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis', Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple', Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky', Alchemilla mollis, Kirengeshoma palmata, Staphylea colchica (Bladdernut) and Indigofera gerardiana.

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