It was another scorcher last week!

It was starting to feel like the height of summer, which is confusing for the poor plants. Not to mention the fact that the nights have been as cold as they should be for a mid April week, which means that all our frost tender plants just cannot go out yet. Even though they are cooking in the greenhouses!

These are Yellow Dogs tooth Violets, Erithronium "Pagoda" a plant that we are going to be propagating this year for sale next year.

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So last week was a lot of trying to catch up with some edging and mowing. Not quite as exciting as being a gardener can be, but its work that needs doing! And there is a lot of it that needs doing! Trying to work my way from visitors reception, through the tea rooms, into the Italian gardens, by the time we get into the Arboretum, its time to head right back to the start and do the whole thing again!

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The spring interest maples are looking good!

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I did see this today though, one of our many Rhododendrons which we don't have recorded (Its on the to do list okay?!) but it has stunning, small yellow green flowers.

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The Rockery is being enjoyed by all, especially the pheasants which have the run of the mill on the days were closed!

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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!



As busy as I get, I hope I always have time to rescue amphibians from the Italian garden ponds. So far I'm up to 1 frog, a warty toad and 3 Smooth/Common newts. All rescued and placed in a very comfortable and stylish hat for transportation down to one of our wildlife ponds.



Having started working as the Head Gardener for Arley Arboretum (we do garden some of the Village too!) last month, I've had plenty of time to think. Well not really, I've been as busy as a Jack rabbit in July; with 7 greenhouses to organise, almost 50 acres of Arboretum to manage as well start organising plans to conquer the world....of gardening.