As the border at the far end of the quad was having the wallflowers and tulips removed yesterday the winter display in the Besse Courtyard was also being removed. The evergreens, Bay, Skimmia, Vibernum, Phormium, Mahonia and Ivy were dug up and taken to the heeling in bed in the nursery area.
|Loaded For Transportation|
|Heeling In Bed|
The heeling in bed is where the bare rooted plants are stored until they are needed again in the displays or in the gardens. Trenches are dug wide and deep enough to hold the plants, the plants are then placed in to the trenches next to each other, the soil put back in to the trench around the plants and firmed in using your heel, hence 'heeling in'.
|A Straight Line To A Group|
|Creating The Display|
Not seen for the last few years, the other two oak containers have been moved back in to the courtyard, the nine containers all back together again. The planting in these two are also mainly Pelargonium, Pelargonium denticulatum 'Filicifolia', Pelargonium tomentosum 'Chocolate Spot',
Pelargonium tomentosum, Pelargonium odorata 'Cola', Pelargonium 'Lord Bute', 'Mabel Grey' and 'Precision Bright Lilac'. In addition to these plants are Tibouchina urvilleana, Argyranthemum 'Cherry Harmony', Salvia curviflora and Lavatera maritima.