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  • The Creatures from the Black Lagoon

    sheiladearing on 30 Nov 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Kitted out in waders and armed with a powerful pump, five intrepid gardeners recently ventured into the murky pools below the bridge at Rosemoor, searching not for an amphibious Gill-man but the large quantities of silt and rotting vegetation that has accumulated in the pools over the last two years. 

    The stream at Rosemoor is fed by a natural spring, backed up by a powerful pump which keeps the stream flowing when rainfall levels are low (not a common occurrence in Devon!).  Over time, silt accumulates in the pools along the stream as a result of soil washing into the stream from the banks in addition to leaves and other vegetation rotting down in the water.  Left to its own devices the stream will gradually fill up with silt and the ornamental effect will be lost.  The silt levels along the stream were becoming quite high and this is the best time of year to clean out the pools.  It is also our intention to introduce fish into the pool above the new footbridge so we were keen to dredge that particular pond as soon as possible

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  • Big on Bulbs

    sheiladearing on 09 Nov 2010 at 02:12 PM
    We are well into the autumn season in the garden and the colours of the leaves are looking vibrant as they turn golden, red, orange, yellow and brown. My favourite is the golden brown colour that our native oaks turn creating a splendid backdrop to the garden. We are already thinking ahead to spring and next year’s displays to make them even more interesting and colourful for our visitors; bulbs instantly come to mind. We have just purchased 33,900 bulbs which will keep us busy in the weeks ahead planting them in specific areas of the garden; in pots for displays in front of Rosemoor House and in the cottage garden; smaller bulbs in pots for the alpine display house; early flowering narcissus and freesias in the vegetable garden green house and last but not least tulips and daffodils for the spring bedding displays. The daffodil cultivars such as ‘February Gold’, ‘Hawera’ and ‘Jack Snipe’; will be planted in the shrubberies in areas such as the Winter Garden and Lake. They are ever dependable giving a good display year on year; we tend to choose the smaller cultivars that do not get so damaged in the wind and the rain. 

    Tulips have to be carefully used within the garden as they make excellent badger food so we use them in large terracotta pots in key locations around the garden and in large drifts in the bedding displays near the visitor’s centre, which seems to be a badger free zone. My favourite tulips are the dark, nearly black cultivars with sheen to the petals such as ‘Queen of the Night’ and ‘Black Jewel’.

     

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  • Mission Impossible!

    sheiladearing on 02 Nov 2010 at 02:14 PM
    For months I’ve watched Rosemoor’s new Learning Centre rise into being with all the associated and various machinery noises and vehicle comings and goings. Much has gone on behind closed gates and electric fences with access limited to the chosen few, each wearing all the safety gear with the trademark bright yellow overjacket. 

    With building work nearing its end I wondered if I would ever get the chance to get on site and join the elite ‘Yellowjackets!’ Then last week it happened, I got the call, picked up my yellow jacket, and waited by the gate. There was no ceremony, no salute from the site foreman and no patriotic anthem, which was a bit disappointing really, the gate was pulled open and along with my colleagues Phil, Helen and James, we trudged in. The mission was a daunting one, ‘Take out an area of bracken and brambles, take no prisoners, and eradicate all opposition!”

     The 'Yellowjackets' clearing bracken and brambles The area to be secured, or, in laymans terms, dug over and cleared was definitely high profile…in front of the new building and beneath the canopy of an old oak tree, itself the main focal point in Rosemoor’s formal garden.It was hard going but the weather held and within a couple of days the semi-circle of ground looked much better. We did our best not to disturb the patches of wood anemone, and popped back any bluebell bulbs we found. Over the next few months we will plant primroses, hellebores, snakeshead fritillaries, native daffodils and ferns, all of which will complement not just the native oak and nearby hedgebank but the Learning Centre too. A short mission, true, but a vital one…. and I will always be a “Yellowjacket!”. David Squire.

     

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