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Life as a nurseryman & landscaper is always busy…

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.  

 

Growing beds.

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.

 

Weather changes.

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.

 

Woodwardia radicans flourishing.

Woodwardia radicans

Another plant is was exciting to see growing effectively wild in Ireland was the giant chain fern, Woodwardia Radicans.

While this grows in protected London gardens, where it gets enough moisture and humidity, it is far happier and grows to truly impressive size in damp coastal Kerry.  The fronds can happily reach six foot in length and cascade down banks, which looks really impressive.  It seems to propagate both by bulbils from the tips of the fronds, and also by spores.

 

Chilean Myrtle - Luma apiculata

Chilean myrtle - Luma apiculata

Another plant that very much caught my attention while over on the Kerry Coast was the Chilean Myrtle, Luma apiculata.

This beautiful shrub / tree seemed to be happily self seeding and growing nearly wild.  It clearly seems very happy in these mild wet conditions.

The specimens I saw have developed the most fantastic rich cinnamon coloured bark, which combined with fine structure and good foliage makes them stunning specimen trees.

 

 

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