Back by popular demand! well actually it was one request and they were being a bit sarcastic on missing the feature so here it is anyway. Iris reticulata a great little plant for this time of year ideal for containers, under trees or rockeries they come in different colours too.Plant in small groups for best […]
One from the Science Park, doubt whether it was on the architect’s drawings though!
Well I suppose it would have to be the Petunia, the majority around campus are surfinia, liquid feed at half strength each time they are watered so they should flower for months cascading down, no need to dead head this type just enjoy.
To get the best flowering from Lavatera or tree mallow as its sometimes known is to cut it back hard in mid spring as it flowers on the new vigorous growth.
Here is an evergreen plant that could feature twice, Pyracantha, a wildlife food store with bees loving the flowers and birds the berries later on in the year.The white flowers can have a scent that some find a bit overbearing and of course watch out for the thorns!
Plenty to choose from right now with all the various spring bulbs flowering across campus so lets go for something different. Check out the Forsythia around campus, bright yellow flowers in abundance when you prune it correctly-best time to prune? right after flowering as they flower on the previous years growth.
Here’s one most people will recognise Galanthus nivalis the common snowdrop traditionally seen as the ending of Winter and the coming of Spring, probably not with our current climate. Likes partial shade in well drained moist soil for best results plant ‘in the green ‘ look around campus as there are a number of areas […]
Here is a deciduous plant know for its highly scented clusters of pink/white flowers which can be flowering from as early as December through to February, it has an upright habit with dark green leaves. Its name is Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ check it out at the back of Gaskell.
This month’s ‘Plant of the month’ is Mahonia with its bright yellow flowers on spikes and the upright habit with evergreen leaves can make quite an imposing plant in the border. Scented flowers, depending on variety, can provide an important source of nectar to late foraging bees with birds enjoying the berries which form later on. Check them […]
As its Autumn thought we would go for a tree as the leaves are turning various shades and dropping pretty rapidly at the moment .This one is Ginko biloba, a primitive tree with an unusual ‘fan shaped’ leaf, this tree can tolerate pollution. See if you can spot this one on campus.