Life as a nurseryman & landscaper is always busy…
We have recently been arranging all the plants in the outside growing area we call the long boarder.
Because the summer started off with such high temperatures, it was thought that we had better move all the plants out of the glass houses and on to the long boarder, because we had no way of controlling the ambient temperature inside. This became a priority, as we started hitting temperatures of 40 degrees plus, and we had so much going on that we were struggling to stay organised.
So everything has now been rearranged alphabetically… although, there was some debate… as to whether or not to keep all the grasses together under G! Indeed, this year, for a bit of a change, that’s exactly what we have done, and here they are in all their glory, in early autumn with their seed heads or efflorescence on full show.
Salvia Hot Lips
The nursery has supplied this evergreen plant in 2014, and recently I had a chance to revisit the garden.
As you can see, this Salvia has flourished - with very little attention - in what has turned out to be the perfect position. Free draining soil, plenty of sunlight, in a somewhat protected south facing, east London garden.
This is a great example of the species, in the right conditions they can do well, all year round and should keep flowering until the first frost…
A sight to behold.
The field grown salvia's have done particularly well this year. This species Salvia dear anja I'm fond of. They can be grown in an open site, and they are not fussed about the soil.
A late dump of snow tested our new outdoor growing area for our hardy perennials. This is the first winter that we have had the opportunity to hold plants in such an environment. It will be interesting to see as the season unfolds to see how plants fare! It has always been noticeable that plants held in plastic pots haven't the same ability to adapt to the cold/wet periods.
The vagaries of spring were upon us, and there was not one day that the four seasons did not try and descend on us. This made nursery work very difficult both inside and outside the glasshouses. It was during this period that the majority of losses were sustained. We were using various methods to protect the plants. The photo shows Cyathea australis nodding to each other in their blankets of warmth outside.