Wednesday 8 May 2013
This photo sums up what three of us were doing today. I think this is one of the most exciting jobs in Mount Stewart. Planting out plants that we have helped raise in the nursery. These alliums had been planted in tall pots in a very sandy mixture and are very healthy. We had been told that there were a few plants to be planted out but when we got to the Dodo Terrace word had obviously got out that there were extra ‘planting people’ at work and every time we got one lot planted and thought we might get a bit of a lean on the spade another lot appeared. I don’t know how many times the trailer was driven up to the nursery but we got hundreds of plants in. (OK, Alan, I know I exaggerate a bit).
We got a system going where one person dug the hole, another forked in a forkful of manure and sprinkled two forkfuls around the filling-in soil and the third one planted the plant. We whizzed through it. Plants incuded Lupin Nobel Maiden (white), Calceolaria ‘Hybrid’, Hedychium Villosum v tenuiflorum (white fragrant), Myosotidium Hortensia (blue), Fuschia Hawkshead (white) and Onarpogium cynera (thistle). There were some special climbers – 1 Sollya Heterophylla (Bluebell creeper, on Dodo Terrace) 1 Decumaria Barbara (evergreen climber, small white flowers, Dodo Terrace) and 2 Lophosoria Quadripinnata (on Dodo, specimen tree ferns from Kell’s Bay in Killarney). We got totally soaked as it rained all morning but steamed dry in the afternoon sun. Happy Days.