Monday 7th September 2015

Monday 7th September 2015

With summer officially ending on the 23rd of September we still have a while to bask in the glory of the English summertime.

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With today being the first day back at school it means that things will go quiet again in the Arboretum for a while. If you were looking for a peaceful time to visit now is your chance! We're back to being closed on Monday and Tuesday, so if your planning a visit come in between Wednesday and Sunday!

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We had our last pond dipping activity last Wednesday, and I was lucky enough to get to fill in for the last one. A good time was had by all, playing in a pond full of Dragonfly Nymphs, baby Newts and a whole host of other interesting pond life. This Beetle was the only one that I couldn't Identify, its a brown pond beetle but other than that I have no idea!

We should be doing some more in the near future so keep an eye out on the facebook page for when were pond dipping next and bring your sprogs for a try, they really love it!

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Continuing work in the greenhouse our cuttings are all coming along. Here we have rooting some hydrangea cuttings taken last month. Behold the wonder of our gardening creation! ROOT ABOVE THE LEAVES! Bwhahaha!

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Also prepping for the winter and autumn months were trying to catch up with a few logs as well as finish off a little project from earlier in the year; Making some Swedish candles for sale. Finally got round to boring out a section in the middle and putting in an eco fire lighter and the results were pretty good for our first time. They would make a great addition to a garden party.

Here are the first signs of Autumn! Acers are always first to go (by and large) a combination of shortening days, cold nights and chilly days kicks starts the fantastic colour changes in these Japanese maples. Here are the first signs I saw today.

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Acer Palmatum Red Wood

The Arboretum has been wonderful all year, but I believe that its changing autumnal colours will be a sight worth seeing!

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This little mystery was also finally solved with a little help from the previous head gardener.

Berkheya purpurea or South African Thistle.


Oooh what a lovely piece of rot

I'm kind of certain that most people wont find a really nice bit of rotten tree branch to be interesting. But then again I might be surprised. Anyway, this is the remains of a Red Oak's branch that fell down, more or less without any warning.



New for August, brand new toffee smell!

No joke, we really do have a tree that smells like toffee, or more accurately, burnt sugar. More on that later in the blog!

3 months since my last post and I've been gently reminded to try and stay on top of it! Which I'll try my darndest. In all seriousness, we've been pretty busy these last three months, and I don't have many photos or hilarious anecdotes to share from June and July.


It's not often that I come across plants that I have absolutely no idea what they are. So for it to happen twice in one week. Usually the real challenge is finding out the variety/cultivar/sub-species of plant I am looking at, so to find two plants (ok one did turn out to be a bit of an obvious one) that I had not clue about was a real kicker!