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Time for a change

Written by John James, posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

With the spring bedding display now looking very tired and past its best, it was time for the planting to be taken out and the fresh new plants for the summer put in.

As in the autumn, the old plants were dug out and taken away for composting. Following this, the beds were dug over incorporating some of our own compost made from recycled leaves, grass, wood chip, weeds etc. and slow release fertiliser added to help the plants grow over the summer months. In order to irrigate the display over the summer months, drip pipes that apply the water directly to the soil were laid before the plants were set out and planting began.

As is our usual method, three planting plans were prepared and then the Garden team voted as to which one was to be used. This year the unanimous winner was Option B which features pink and silver and consists of:

Red leaved Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Splendour’, Salvia ‘Salmia Pink’, and silver foliaged Calocephalus ‘Titanium’ for the inner circle.

Ricinus ‘Carmencita Red’, Begonia ‘Heaven Rose’ and Plectranthus ‘Silver Shield’ for the outer circle.