A year at Stourhead

As a Stourhead volunteer, my job is to look after this beautiful garden. Each month I handle different tasks to keep this garden in pristine condition for the members of the public.

February 

Jobs of this month, weeding the gully, digging up separating re planting SnowDrops, cutting back bamboo and mulching.

SnowDrops facts

  •  SnowDrops scientific name is Gallanthus, which means milk flower.
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    Digging up, separating and re planting SnowDrops.
  • SnowDrops is perennial plant, which mean they can survive more than two years in the wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weeding out the gully in middle wall garden.

 

 

 

Bamboo Facts

  • Bamboo is a grass not a tree, it is the fastest growing plant on earth.

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    Cutting back Bamboo.
  • In the past Bamboo is an ancient herbal medicine, has been used in Asia for thousands of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulch Facts

  • Organic mulch helps improve the soil structure, also add nutrients to the soil.

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    Mulching the borders in the top garden.
  •    Certain mulches allows the water to penetrate to soil more effectively than others.

 

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A year at Stourhead.

As a Stourhead volunteer, my job is to look after this beautiful garden. Each month I handle different tasks to keep this garden in pristine condition for the members of the public.

January 

January is mostly winter pruning such as roses, rhododendron. Pre pruning is another job that will done before the main prune later in the year. Pre pruning plants include kiwi and gooseberry bushes.

First day of the year, clearing the path still leaves from the year before. Machinery to pick up most of them if not shovel the leaves into a trailer, off to the mulch pile.
Pruning rhododendron back to a certain point, then we burn it as you can see above. Done every year around January time.

 Rhodondendron Facts

  • In 1811 a British sea captain brought over the first southeastern Asian species to the UK.
  • The name rhododendron comes from two ancient Greek words Rhodon mean Rose, Dendron mean tree- even though it grows as a shrub.
Pre pruning a Kiwi plant. Looking for the dead parts, keeping it in shape, making sure it doesn’t hang over the path.

 
 
 

Azalea Facts

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Re planting azalea. Ready to bloom in spring or autumn depending on the variety.
  • Places such as Japan and Korea have festivals to celebrate azaleas
  • Azalea nectar is highly poisonous, in the past they were regarded as a threat if the flowers were sent in a black vase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yew Tree Facts

  • A yew tree can reach 400 to 600 years old.
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    Chopping and burning yew tree as well as holly bush.
  • In ancient Europe the tree was planted around cemeteries, as people believed it would help souls find their resting place.