Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' F1 Hybrid (Ornamental Millet)


Besse Builing Courtyard Planters

Corner Border

Last year during a visit to the plant distributor Ball Colegrave, see blog entry for the 27th July 'A Visit To Ball Colegrave's Summer Showcase 2016', the team were reminded of a plant they used to grow many years ago for the displays within the gardens. That plant was Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' F1 hybrid (Ornamental Millet) and, following its reintroduction to the displays this year, has been turning heads and causing quite a stir. Numerous visitors to the gardens this summer have been enquiring as to what the tall, dark leaved plant is and being very surprised with it being an ornamental millet. Received in plug form, in the past grown from seed, the plugs were potted up in to their individual pots, grown on and then planted out in to the gardens in June. The many plants are now at the best, their young green leaves have now turned to a dark purple with a dark flower head on a tall dark stem, truly majestic!

Herbaceous Border (L)

Herbaceous Border (R)

Ornamental Millet F1 'Purple Majesty'

Friday, 4 August 2017

Oystercatcher


Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

(Photo from the Internet)


It was the call in flight that first drew Ali's attention, a loud peep-ing call. Heard above the college over the last few days but dismissed as unlikely, the bird, thought to be the owner of this call, was confirmed this morning as it landed on the sports field for just a few minutes, an Oystercatcher! A black and white wading bird with a distinctive orange-red bill, it is usually found on tidal estuaries but, according to The Wildlife Trust, " have moved further inland over the last 50 years to breed on waterways and lakes". This sighting is the 50th different bird species spotted in the college grounds since the recording began in 2009.