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More Macrophylla Variations

More Macrophylla Variations

Who would have thought that there were still different variations and cultivars of the familiar Hydrangea macrophylla group.  Here a two very different flower heads from the same family.  They'll be ready to add to the collection next year.

Frosty and Sunny April 2017

Frosty and Sunny April 2017

You’ll notice from the photo there’s been a lot of frost damage over the past 2 weeks. The tips of the leaves on the top of the plants look burnt.  We'll leave these leaves on and by June you shouldn’t notice that anything has gone wrong.  We won’t know if some of the...

Every Little Helper

Every Little Helper

Volunteers have been looking after the 140 plants plant-breeder Jean Renault brought us last year, until they are big enough to go in the garden.  It doesn't matter how big the volunteer is!

What’s Been Happening

What’s Been Happening

  We started our Tuesday and Saturday mornings work on the 7th March and volunteers have just finished pruning the paniculatas and arborescens which will flower on this year’s growth.  The others flower on last year’s growth so we don’t prune those until the new...

Season 2017

Season 2017

The season has begun and green shoots are already appearing on the macrophyllas.  We have a gardening timetable of Tuesday mornings from 10 to 12 with a coffee break at 11.  This includes every 4th Saturday, also from 10 - 12.  If you'd like a copy get in touch...

Andy Potter of Radio Derby

Andy Potter of Radio Derby

Andy Potter came to our collection in the early days of its existence. He turned up one sunny morning with his microphone and asked us the questions which fitted into what we wanted to say, knowing we needed the publicity and Derby needed to know about this new...

Walled Garden Gates Closing

Walled Garden Gates Closing

The gates of the walled garden will be closing today, 22nd October.  It's been a fabulous year so thanks to all who have made it possible.  We'll be back next March ready to start the whole process again!