The sun came out for week number 2 at Tresco Abbey Garden, so Phil and I were able to see the garden at its best whilst we were busy at work…
Cordylines may be architectural evergreen plants, but they shed a lot of leaves at this time of year…
…so one of our bi-weekly tasks was to do a ‘Cordyline sweep’ to collect fallen leaves.
It was a full day’s work to clear and tidy this bank next to the visitor centre.
Phil gets stuck in on some regenerative pruning. And yes, we did risk assess this first…
Topping up the gravel was hard work, but well worth the effort for the end result…
Much of our week was spent in the Mediterranean Garden, weeding, deadheading, pruning, raking, sweeping and watering.
Phil fishes fallen leaves and other debris from the Agave pool.
We spent almost an entire day deadheading masses of Arctotis in the Med. Garden. I tried kneeling, bending, squatting and various other poses, before finally settling on this as the comfiest method. Apparently this is quite unusual…
Phil weeds a tricky spot in the Med. Garden
The garden team collect and store seeds from many of the plants around the garden, storing them in this cabinet in the mess room.
Phil and I got to help with the collection of seeds from a few plants. Here’s Phil removing the seedheads from a Puya species.
After cutting the stem from the plant, we had to strip the seed pods from the stem.
The garden team will leave the job of removing the Puya seeds from their pods for a rainy day.
Here I am stripping the seed pods from a Beschorneria yuccoides
We were also treated to a tour of the greenhouse area to see how some of the plants we are less familiar with can be propagated.
As well as collecting seeds from many plants around the garden the Tresco garden team also collect spores from their collection of ferns and tree ferns. This clingfilm-covered polystyrene box of specialist fern compost provides the perfect environment in which to germinate them.
The seedlings (or prothallia) of the black tree fern, Cyathea medullaris, look more like liverworts at this stage in their lifecycle.
Yet they soon take on a more fern-like appearance.
Once they are sufficient in size they are potted into individual pots.
The black tree fern, Cyathea medullaris in the gardens of Tresco
It’s always good to see a familiar face – Lavandula ‘Hidcote’ in the cold frames at Tresco Abbey Garden.
On our last day at Tresco we got to have a go at a spot of tree climbing! It’s much harder than it looks…
…but absolutely worth it if only for the breathtaking views out over the garden!
Although I must admit that the view down below was rather less appealing.
Last week Phil introduced you to the red squirrels here on Tresco, but there are also lots of other interesting creatures at Tresco Abbey Garden.
These golden pheasants were a particular favourite of mine.
I was a little less keen on the stick insects though…
…especially when this one tried to crawl down the back of my shirt!