Wednesday 29 May 2013

Beech Court Gardens

Tues 14th May 
Weather: 12, grey & cloudy, a shy sun. Very heavy rain towards the end of the day.

One of our gardeners Rachael also manages her own garden in Challock, Kent. She has been employed there primarily to help brighten up the borders. It is a lot bigger than Dixter and as she is the sole skilled gardener there, and has not been there for long with a lot to do, a few of us gardeners went to help her out. Also it is good for us to experience working in different gardens. 

We helped her clear one of the bed near a pond so that she can properly plant it up to increase interest. We took out spent Narcissus & Tulipa bulbs & a type of Geranium that has spread itself around extensively. The task was not so straightforward as every inch was riddled with ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria), bindweed (Convolvulus) and Enchanter's nightshade (Circaea lutetiana). The soil was also very compacted clay with large flint stones in. 

There are impressive specimen trees including big trailing rhododendrons like this one. They also have a large collection of hydrangeas which I came to help prune some of earlier in the year. 

Viburnum walk:

The garden curiously has many big holes, maybe it was once a quarry.

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