WEDNESDAY, 5 AUGUST 2015
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. Interestingly the last few blogs had a showcase of some of the Rhododendrons that we have in the Arboretum and this month we have one of the later flowering varieties...
Trees have seasons. Everyone knows this! But Tree's look good all year round, its just SOME trees are better in autumn than in spring, or Summer and winter or viser versa. That being the case its often difficult for me to talk about trees when they're not doing their best dance of the seasons. Still I'd like to try and talk about a tree each blog, even if its not doing what its best at.
FRIDAY 8 MAY 2015
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!
WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL 2015
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!
MONDAY 20 APRIL 2015
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.