First Week At The Abbey Garden Tresco

 

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)

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.

Next job cutting over Gunnera manicata which on the mainland needs winter protection no such troubles here.

One weve just missed, the towering flower spike of Agave americana flowered for a month and would have been bright yellow when in full bloom

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

 

 

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Agapanthus Another plant often quite tender in the UK grows almost to well here dead heading is a must to stop it self seeding EVERYWHERE

Agapanthus
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 theyre new back pack battery powered hedge cutters to compare to the electric ones im used to at Hidcote.  It does remind me a little of the Ghostbusters

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!

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!

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A task we're a little more familiar with, getting rid of trailer loads of vegetation and debris from the garden.

A task we’re a little more familiar with, getting rid of trailer loads of vegetation and debris from the garden.

A plant thats 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.

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.

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Not forgetting the very important task of feeding the resident red squirrels, introduced to the island around a year ago.  They seem to be feeding ok.

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!

One comment

  1. gordon

    A garden I’ve always wanted to visit. it looks like you’re having a great time in fantastic surroundings, keep the photos coming its great to see what you,re up to.by the way Phil, have planted more Echiums this week, fingers crossed.

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