Wednesday 5th February 2014
We have three new, very welcome, Wednesday volunteers, Michael, Eddy and Stuart. We were all clearing barrow-loads of storm debris from the beds around reception and the Mairi Garden and I remarked that it was great to have more men to help us lift the very heavy barrows onto the trailer (big, big mistake, why did I say that?). The response from one of the new recruits, who shall be nameless, was that he would wear a skirt next week.
In the nursery we were potting on 550 cuttings of Verbena superbena Carmine Red. The Verbenas had been bought in last year as plugs, potted on and planted in the Red Hand for the summer (a fabulous display). Soft wood nodal cuttings were taken in Oct and overwintered in the greenhouse, minimum temp 9 degrees. These have now been potted on to 1 litre pots and put back into the greenhouse ready for planting out again in the Red Hand when all danger of frost is gone.