Look out for the green catkin like racemes of Garrya elliptica providing new year interest on campus, sometimes known as the silk tassle bush.
With the hot spell just passed, bright sunshine and rain the bulbs around campus are flowering in abundance but do look out for the slightly more unusual plants .The chequered purple flowers of Fritillaria meleagris are flowering pretty well at the moment see if you notice them around on Site.
Now here is a plant you may see on Campus in the buffer areas around the perimeter fencing or in the meadows on site one and four the pyramid orchid one of two orchids we have around campus.
See if you can spot this plant around campus, botanical name of Fritillaria meleagris sometimes known as the snakes-head fritillary they are in a few locations.
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.