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All Change

Posted by sheiladearing on 18 Oct 2010 at 11:02 AM

With the drop in night temperatures and the onset of autumn it is time to change over the summer display of tender perennials to our hardy spring bedding.

 All the cuttings have been taken and successfully rooted from our collection of tender perennials so they can be removed and taken to the compost heap to make way for the wallflowers, Polyanthus and Myosotis that have been growing on the nursery since early July. Wallflower and Myosotis seeds were sown and small plugs of Polyanthus ‘Crescendo’ (yellow and blue) were purchased from a commercial grower.   

The beds have been rotovated, raked, trod and fed before the plants were set out and planted (we use about 1300 plants to create our scheme). Along with these we also use coloured schemed cornus to give height;  Cornus alba 'Sibirica' AGM (red), Cornus sericea  'Flaviramea' (yellow), Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' (orange). We also interplant with a selection of bulbs; Tulips, daffodils and grape hyacinths.

                        James planting out the bedding

We ensure the bedding is planted in mid October when the soil is still warm to ensure it has time to put out roots before the onset of winter. It then has to survive the cold winter until spring when it creates a riot of welcome colour. Though not to everyone’s liking, it’s a welcome sight after the darker days of winter.

                            The planting scheme in full bloom

Helen Round

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