Gardening Question Time

Apr 18, 2013   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

National Gardening Week. – 15-21 April 2013

To mark this week Chances Park held there very own Question Time on Monday the 15th April. There where two sessions morning and afternoon.

The morning session had a select group who asked a variety of questions to David Redmore (David Redmore of Garden and Landscape and Design). David who designed the Georgian Garden and also lead the regeneration design for the whole of Chances Park.

David is an expert Designer, plants man and ecologist and has worked through all levels of Horticulture and Design. This informal group asked questions on their favourite flowers – these ranged from sweet peas, Rhodendron species to Clematis montana. They brought many questions about their favourite plants -As for Rhododendrons how far you could cut 20 feet high down to without damage? They could be cut back to 6 foot! Questions on to what could be grown in successfully in wooded areas, damp soils and questions like what would grow under yew trees? What about my Hellebores this year? How to get rid of Hellebore leaf blotch and how to save seed from them.

Questions on Cyclamen, moles and a very interesting question on pest control from a Canadian visitor who advocated using Praying Mantis (Sadly not useable in the UK )
Another interesting question how to stop squirrels and mice eating crocus bulbs – tip pot them in compost over winter when plants come through plant out extra bonus you know where they will come through!

Lots of discussion about pests in the garden and how to protect your plants and the inevitable conflicts from animals and people!

Advice was given if you want early daffodils Cedric Morris being a very good example of an extra early daffodil flowering often at Christmas.

The subject of Lavender was brought up as it quite often dies back because of Lavender Shab or by being cut back to harshly at the wrong time Surprisingly English lavender is best in our climate! And of course the dreadful frosty , dry weather of this bitterly cold spring.

The Morning session ended with a walk round the park in looking at different species in the grassland Sorrel,Plantains,and lots of different grasses where all pointed out some of which have grown here since the medieval period . But we also looked at what had been achieved and what had determined the choice of trees.

We looked in detail at some of the trees –Trees like the Persian Iron wood with its tiny red flowers in spring and arching horizontal growth contrasting with a Turkish Hazel Tree with its strongly pyramidal shape for contrast and of course the circle of young Giant Redwoods waiting to grow into a huge cathedral of evergreen trees towering into the sky.

And how they will grow and be there for future generations with the avenue of handkerchief trees underplanted with thousands of crocus in blue and white increasing in number with each passing year .

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