Week commencing 16 November:
It’s been another busy week at the Garden with big changes afoot in our Winter Garden and Bog Garden as well as planting a big new tree on our Hills Road boundary….
Putting the giant rhubarb to bed
Winter Garden replanting
Over in our Winter Garden another giant has been removed. The Juniper – Juniperus ‘Grey Owl’ was part of the Winter Garden’s original planting scheme in the late 1970s. It was taking up too much space, so the team decided it’s time for a revamp just before the Garden reaches its peak season over the Winter. With the help of Mark from our Trees and Shrubs section, the Juniper was removed this week and will be replaced with three smaller Juniper plants of the same variety. These will be interplanted with Cornus sanguinea ‘Anny’s Winter Orange’ and behind this planting, a new red-stemmed Acer will make a new focal point. We hope you’ll enjoy and be inspired by these new plantings if you manage to come to the Garden for a winter walk over the forthcoming season.
Bog Garden revamp
Revamping and renovation on an even larger scale began in the Bog Garden this week. Paul and Simon were joined by Adrian and Matt from our Landscape and Machinery section. In spring, they began to clear the area to remove the invasive weeds. The banks were also collapsing so the team have set to work on a complete renovation of the area – replacing the wooden edges with hornbeam logs; placing sandstone boulders along the edges and relaying the paths. They’ll then replant with marginal plants which enjoy boggy conditions, the results of which we’ll all be able to enjoy next spring!
A new recruit
Finally, we have a new recruit just inside the railings on Hills Road at the Eastern end of the Garden. An old chestnut tree had to be removed as it had canker, causing decay and die back. This week a large Lime tree – Tilia tormentosa was planted, plugging the gap and completing what is now a line of several Tilias growing the boundary. We hope it enjoys its new home, bedding in well over winter and ready for a new show next spring too.