Monday, 5 June 2017

Changing The Bedding Displays For The Summer

Faded Display Of Wallflowers And Tulips In The Corner

The wallflowers and tulips in the corner border and the border at the far end of the quad are past their best indicating to the gardeners that it is that time of year again, time to change the bedding displays. 

Digging Out The Wallflowers

Two weeks ago the change began. In both of the borders the wallflowers were dug out and taken to the compost pile. The tulips were then dug out with their foliage attached and placed in to trays for drying out, they may be used in the college displays next year.

Porous Hose Laying

Once all the plant and leaf debris had been removed, the borders were forked through and levelled in preparation for planting. Due to the lack of rain so far this year, and with the real possibility of a dry summer, new porous pipes were laid to aid watering in the coming months.

Planted With The Summer Display

The Border In The Corner

With the pipes laid and clipped in to place the first of the plants for this year's summer displays were brought over from the greenhouse and planted out, the remaining plants have been planted over the last few weeks, the last of which were planted today.

In the corner border the plants this year are: (Grown from seed) Nicotiana langsdorffii; Cosmos 'Pied Piper Red'; Verbena rigida; Zinnia elegans 'Envy'; Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green'; Nicotiana x Multabilis 'Green'; Cosmos 'Double Click Rose Bonbon'; Cosmos bippinatus 'Rubenza'; Cosmos bippinatus 'Cupcakes'; Antirrhinum majus nanum 'Bronze Dragon'; Salvia fabrinacea 'Victoria'; Zinnia elegans 'Lilliput Purple'; Zinnia elegans 'Purple Prince'; Cosmos 'Psyche White'; Amaranthus tricolor 'Red Army'; Nigella papillosa 'Midnight' and Cornflower 'Black Ball'. 
Also planted are: (Plug plants from Ball Colegrave) Ornamental Millet F1 'Purple Majesty'. (Grown from cuttings) Tibouchina urvilleana, the Glory Flower, and Cyphomandra corymbiflora, the hardy tamarillo tree.

Border At The Far End Of The Quad

Faded Wallflowers

Digging Out The Wallflowers And Tulips

Planting Out The Summer Display Plants

In the border at the far end of the quad the plants this year are: (Grown from seed) Antirrhinum majus 'Liberty Lavender'; Lavatera trimestris 'Loveliness Mixed'; Lavatera trimestris 'Twins Hot Pink'; Crepis rubra; Cosmos bipinnatus 'Gazebo Mixed'; Antirrhinum majus 'Lipstick Silver'; Cleome spinosa 'Violet Queen'; Salpiglossis sinuata 'Black Trumpets'; Nicotiana x hybrida 'Whispers Mixed', Antirrhinum majus 'Lucky Lips' Nicotiana mutabilis, Zaluzianskya carpensis 'Midnight Candy', Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White' and Ammi visnaga.
Also planted: (Grown from cuttings) Pelargonium  'Angel Eyes Randy,  Pelargonium'Clorinda', Plectranthus argentatus 'Silver Shield', Salvia 'Penny's Smile', Diascia personata.
The structure is provided by the permenant planting, the perennials, shrubs and grass: 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); Indigofera gerardiana and Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'.

Planted With The Young Plants

Border At The Far End Of The Quad

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