We have just spent a wonderful week at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We have experienced everything Edinburgh had to offer. Here are just a few snaps of our time there.
As you walk into the depths of the grounds at the Gardens one of the first things you notice is the giant structure of the Palm House directly In front of you.
During our time at the Gardens we were involved in a wide range of tasks to help the garden team and to develop and enhance our own skills and knowledge.
This area started off as a bare area of soil which had been left after low lying branches from a Pine tree had been cut off.
We then went to work filling in the spaces in-between the logs we had spaced with compost to create a perfect environment for planting
One fairly rainy day was spent helping some of the garden team weed an area of the rock garden.
One of the biggest problem weeds for the garden team over recent years has been
Cymbalaria hepaticifolia they have had to dig up and re-plant whole areas due the weed being so invasive.
A very interesting natural wall built using peat blocks imported from Sweden, over time they’re an ideal growing medium for moisture loving plants (including moss). Very easily planted as well, simply pierce a hole and pop your seedling inside.
We were given the task of splitting and dividing a number of areas and moving plants from the rear of the border to the front to avoid everything becoming too crowded.
Plants moved away from other vegetation and into to space, as well as gaps filled in to give the plants more room to grow and develop.
And of course weeding continued……
We were also lucky enough to have a little time off to look through some of the vast collection of archives they have at the garden.
We also spent quite an interesting afternoon looking through just a couple of the 3 million herbarium specimens they have at the garden. This one in particular was collected by George Forest in Yunnan.
This little vole was seen running almost right over our feet while in one area of the garden