Rhubarb

This week we have planted our excess rhubarb crowns in the peach house. They are planted in a trench with the crowns just below the surface. They are close together as it is a temporary planting and the crowns will be composted after harvest. We have covered with a cloche of black plastic to exclude light and depending on temperatures we should be harvesting forced rhubarb in about 3 weeks time. Yum!

Helena.

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Plant of the week

Here we are in the depths of winter and recent patterns in the weather are becoming familiar. Apart form a brief spell of cold back in November we have mostly been experiencing very mild temperatures for the time of year. I was passing the top of the meadow today and noticed that our snowflakes or Leucojum  […]

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Bananas!

How do you protect large but tender plants growing in the garden for winter? We had a very interesting task to do at Gravetye last week.   Bananas and tree ferns growing in our Flame Border (the name suggests the colourful variations of plants growing in it) had to be covered, in case winter decides […]

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Plant of the week

The wild garden is my favourite area here at Gravetye. It has received its yearly cut and work has been done to clear around and through some of the trees and shrubs that are growing through this area. So instead of looking down, as I have been since the spring, when the grasses and wildflowers have […]

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Plant of the week

Weekly plant identification forms part of my studies here at Gravetye. I walked through the meadow with Tom last week, trying to work out what species of hawkbit or catsear is currently in flower there. We worked out that it is the less desirable autumn hawkbit or Scorzoneroides autumnalis, but its place in the meadow is still […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week I have chosen a cultivated mullein called, Verbascum olympicum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightening’. Partly for the name that was given by Fergus Garrett to remind him of travelling times with Christopher Lloyd. It was named after being the best of a trial at Great Dixter. The other reason is as I have been working […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week I have chosen the tree poppy in the small garden, our guests can gaze at its beauty while having their drink or coffee outside on the terrace, or having a relaxing walk along the long border. The Romneya coulteri (tree poppy) is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family. Native to […]

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