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  • The Rocket (part 2)

    sheiladearing on 30 Dec 2009 at 09:12 AM

    It’s around a month since we launched the rocket composter; we have been adding food waste and woodchip diligently over the last few weeks, and now 'hoorah' we have compost.


  • Winter in the Hot Garden

    sheiladearing on 17 Dec 2009 at 03:17 PM

    Visitors may have been surprised to see three plucky gardeners working away here at Rosemoor last weekend, but from now on, you’ll be able to find a gardener seven days a week. If you have any questions, you can find out where we are working from the staff in the Visitors Centre. Thanks to everyone who came to say hello to us in the Hot Garden last weekend.

    This area has looked fantastic this year, with many of the plants continuing to look good right into December. The grasses, including Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’, Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’ and Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ look especially nice with the low winter sunlight behind them.


  • Making the rain work for us

    sheiladearing on 17 Dec 2009 at 03:08 PM

    The above photo is of our ‘new’ vegetable tunnel which is now nearly two years old and is due for a clean along with all of our other tunnels. Cleaning is done at this time of year as it helps to maximise the amount of light available for the plants and so improves their growing conditions.

    As this tunnel is one of our biggest tunnels and it has been raining so much recently (though as I write this we are having a welcome sunny interlude!) I decided to get the rain to work for us as there would be no other way of getting the tunnel wet for washing, so we (- it is a job for two people) set to work getting all our waterproofs on


  • New Pathway to the Lake

    sheiladearing on 07 Dec 2009 at 02:40 PM

    Over the past few weeks we have been undertaking an exciting new project down by the lake. The original pathways giving access to this area had become badly worn and the steps were proving difficult for many of our visitors, so it was time for a facelift. At the same time we wanted to make access to this area easier for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. We have taken this opportunity to re-route the path, taking a gentler gradient and in so doing we have been able to lose the requirement for steps.
    Pete, Trevor and Johnny B. have been busy removing the old path and installing the new one, along with metal edging and drainage; soon it will be ready for tarmac.
     Pete and Trevor digging out the old pathway

    To save on materials, as the new path was dug out the soil put to one side, then the stone was taken from the old path to be re-used in the new path. The old path has become a border and has been filled in with the saved soil, so nothing has had to be removed from the site


  • Deck the Halls with......Decorations from the garden

    sheiladearing on 07 Dec 2009 at 02:06 PM

    It has now become a tradition that we make a garland for decorating the visitor centre doorway into the garden using natural materials cut from the garden.


  • Hares at Rosemoor

    sheiladearing on 04 Dec 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Brown hares have been living at Rosemoor for several years and they have making some unusual daytime appearances in different locations around the garden over the past few weeks.


  • Pruning the ramblers

    Rosemoor Garden on 02 Dec 2009 at 10:04 AM

    We have started the pruning of our roses here at Rosemoor and the first group to get our attention are the rambling roses. We grow late flowering Clematis with most of our ramblers to extend the season of interest, generally ramblers do not have a second flush of blooms, so the Clematis carry  the display after the roses have done their bit.

    The first step is to remove the old stems of the Clematis by cutting them away from the rose stems