Handywork

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Agapanthus seed heads in the Sunk Garden. These are as stunning as when they were in flower.

Agapanthus seed heads in the Sunk Garden. These are as stunning as when they were in flower.

The Red Hand has been planted up with Cheiranthus Vulcan, crimson, and two different red tulips – Tulip praestans Bloemenlust and Unicum. These were all placed very precisely by Louise, which can take hours of work and volunteers helped to plant them. I am always tempted to plant a white tulip at the tip of each finger of the Hand to see what it would look like with finger-nails but this should not be the thinking of a Mount Stewart garden volunteer. Jonathan, always determined that we won’t get bored, had various jobs lined up. Working on the West Terrace we were digging hundreds of shoots from the four bay trees, cutting down all the summer growth of perennials on the pergola, raking leaves, weeding and generally giving it all it’s winter clear out. Then up to the nursery to prune about 60 rose bushes which had been donated by the company filming Dracula in the Spanish Garden in the summer. This is a random mix of very healthy roses so it is quite difficult to decide where to plant them when the colour is unknown.

A very mild no-coat day with lots of visitors making the most of a dry day.

Jill

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