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Spring Bedding Displays
Friday, April 20, 2018
As the spring weather finally begins to warm up and the sun comes out, the various spring bedding...
As the spring weather finally begins to warm up and the sun comes out, the various spring bedding displays around Christ Church are beginning to show their true colours. ...
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Winter Shrubs in the Pococke Garden
Monday, March 19, 2018
In the Pococke Garden a rarely grown small green flowered evergreen shrub can be found - Daphne...
In the Pococke Garden a rarely grown small green flowered evergreen shrub can be found - Daphne laureola. This shrub is actually a native of the British Isles and much of Europe favouring limestone woodlands in southern and eastern England. This shrub has the common name Spurge Laurel, which nicely illustrates the problem with common names since it...
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Cornelian Cherry
Monday, March 12, 2018
At the end of the Meadow Building and just outside the gate into the Master Gardens there is a large...
At the end of the Meadow Building and just outside the gate into the Master Gardens there is a large but inconspicuous shrub that comes into its own in late winter and early spring. It is a Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) which comes from southern Europe and south west Asia and is a close relative of our native Dogwood. The shrub has yellow...
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Rose Lane Part 2 - Felling and Re-planting
Thursday, February 15, 2018
This is a follow-up to the earlier post explaining the plans for Rose Lane. Activity started with...
This is a follow-up to the earlier post explaining the plans for Rose Lane. Activity started with the felling of the Hornbeams. The branch material was either chipped or shredded depending on its size, with bigger material being shredded for wood chip mulch. Smaller material was shredded to decompose into organic material for mulching. The...
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Shrubs of Winter Interest
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
During the winter months, some of the shrubs that are inconspicuous in the summer come into their...
During the winter months, some of the shrubs that are inconspicuous in the summer come into their own. Generally, although their flowers are relatively small they make a greater impact in the winter months partly due to the fact that they are highly scented in order to attract any passing insects to ensure the flowers get pollinated. View the...
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Rose Lane
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Christ Church Meadow has been maintained as a public park since the 16th century and is one of the...
Christ Church Meadow has been maintained as a public park since the 16th century and is one of the oldest continuously managed parks in the country. Christ Church welcomes over a million visitors to the Meadow every year. The college takes its responsibility for preserving and improving the Meadow seriously and has commissioned a management...
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