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Bulb planting around the new Education Centre

Posted by sheiladearing on 06 Jan 2011 at 02:39 PM

Our brand new Learning Centre is now open to schools, so now we can concentrate on the landscaping around it. As schools and the public will gain access to the building and the woodland path from the Winter Garden, the transitional area between is very important as it links the formal garden with a much more informal area. To marry the two together as seamlessly as possible we have chosen bulbs, plants, shrubs and trees of wild origin, or their close relations.

The building itself curves around the back of a mature oak, or Oak G as it has become known to us on all the construction plans, and the gardeners spent some considerable time during the autumn, clearing the bracken from underneath it, while saving the bluebells and wood anemones.

A few weeks before Christmas, I joined them to plant a mixture of Fritillaria meleagris, the Snakeshead Fritillary and Narcissus pseudonarcissus AGM bulbs in the same area to ensure we have a beautiful spring display under the oak. The frost had lifted in the morning, so the soil could be planted, but it was still pretty nippy - little did we know that just around the corner we would be deep in snow! We worked off metal boards wherever possible to avoid compacting the soil too much, and threw the bulbs down randomly, mixing them up and leaving odd gaps to make the finished effect as natural as possible, before planting them 8-10 cm deep, depending on the bulb.

 

This is me (in the middle) with Helen (left) and Sarah (right) planting bulbs beneath Oak G

Closer to the hedge bank, the boys planted Digitalis purpurea, the common foxglove, including a white form as well, which will add to the wild flower display perfectly.

 Dave planting Digitalis purpurea close to the hedge bank

Although, there are hundreds of cultivated plants which are great favourites of mine, my childhood interest was in wild flowers for which I still have a great fondness, so I can’t wait to see the drifts of mixed flowers, particularly first thing in the morning on my way to the Learning Centre.

Sarah Chesters

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