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Plant of the month. June 2016

Plant of the month. June 2016

Crinodendron hookerianum. The Chilean lantern tree. The common name actually does this plant justice. In early summer the dark evergreen foliage is completely covered in gorgeous waxy red lantern like flowers. An absolute haven for bees that can be seen working...

The "Chelsea Chop"

The "Chelsea Chop"

Around the time of the RHS Chelsea flower show it is advisable to perform the “Chelsea Chop” on your Sedum plants in your garden. We were a little bit late this year but then spring has been all over the place.   The idea behind the “Chop” is to produce a more compact...

Plant of the month for April

Plant of the month for April

My plant of the month for April is ... Rhododendron arboreum 'Blood Red' This confused "Early then cold then a bit late" season has done nothing to deter this plant. R.arboreum ' Blood Red' has to be seen to be believed.  Striking "Blood Red" flowers completely cover...

Volunteers on #internationalwomensday 2016

Volunteers on #internationalwomensday 2016

               Some of the recent volunteer success's Our volunteer scheme has come into its own in recent years. We have had a string of successful volunteers going on to either full time employment, setting up their own business or  going on to study horticulture up...

“Bug Hotel” build

“Bug Hotel” build

Bug hotel build In the south west corner of the garden, between the bird hide and new stumpery, we have a small wildlife pond. it was designed and built by pupils at the local primary school a few years back. This winter worked on re-vamping the area. The finishing...

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