Rhiannon and I have now completed our first week at The Abbey Gardens on Tresco. The climate on the Island is incredibly warm all year round which of course allows all sorts of amazing plants to grow here that wouldnt have a chance in UK.
First job on our first day, raking up strimmed off Lythrum virgatum.
(A job we’re quite familiar with)
Next job cutting over Gunnera manicata which on the mainland needs winter protection no such troubles here.
One we’ve just missed, the towering flower spike of Agave salmiana takes around 35 years to flower (never stays warm enough in the UK). Flower spike started to emerge last December and flowered for a month in the summer and would have been bright yellow when in full bloom
Another plant often quite tender in the UK grows almost too well here dead heading is a must to stop it self seeding EVERYWHERE!
I was quite keen to have a go with their new backpack battery powered hedge cutters to compare to the electric ones I’m used to at Hidcote.
It does remind me a little of the Ghostbusters though.
Dome shaped olive trees, being expertly clipped by Rhiannon.
Another one that it would be too cold for in the UK grows freely here and even needs trimming twice a year!
A task we’re a little more familiar with, getting rid of trailer loads of vegetation and debris from the garden.
A plant that’s taken the gardeners at Hidcote almost 4 years to get to flower. On Tresco however, they flower freely and grow 18 feet in 2 years.
Not forgetting the very important task of feeding the resident red squirrels, introduced to the island around a year ago.
As you can see, they’re not going hungry!