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Gardens and Grounds: Spring 2014 Update

Welcome back everyone and we hope you managed to stay dry after the wettest winter ever!Take care walking around the park – many areas are still saturated and slippery.  So far this winter it has been very mild, so spring is well on the way with snowdrops over and daffodils in full bloom. The wallflowers will soon be flowering and buds are starting to break on early trees and shrubs.  A few more days of spring sunshine and the ground will start to dry out.It's hard to remember now, but autumn was actually drier than usual so we were able to get on with some of our winter projec ...

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Ross Park Gardens

Moving towards the end of another season, but what a good season it has been.  The last few years have been such a struggle, trying to keep one step ahead of the unpredictable and often very wet weather in the summer.  We have had many comments on the flowers we've grown this year –in particular, the shower bed has been a riot of pink (Cleome), blue(Salvia and Agastache) and white(Cosmos) and the bed near the shop entrance (new this year) has also attracted a lot of attention.  The new shop bed will be different again next year – some of the plants this year have ...

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All pitches now hardstanding

Having struggled with the poor weather during last summer, we decided to change the remaining grass pitches to hardstanding in the winter.  And the result? A fantastic summer!  We did keep quite a bit of grass around the pitches however so that guests can enjoy sitting out in the sunshine and were able to make three into fully serviced.  They have all proved to be very popular over the season and we hope to put the finishing touches of the fences and climbing plants during the coming months. ...

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Keeping vigilant for Ash dieback

You may have heard about the disease known as 'Ash dieback' that has killed off woods in Europe and now threatens the UK's forests. To date it has not been found in Devon but Ella is keeping a close eye on all the Ash trees at Ross Park.  It's harder to detect in winter as the trees naturally lose their leaves during this time of year but Ella is looking out for the telltale dark lesions on the bark and will monitor the leaves next spring. ...

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Ross Park Gardens Summer 2012

Under the circumstances the park has looked pretty good this year! The bedding plants have not all enjoyed the weather, but we grow quite a range to cover all eventualities. The million bells petunias have been heroic through rainstorms and gales and provided good colour all summer. In the conservatory, obviously everything is protected from the worst extremes of weather. In a more usual summer it does become very hot and dry in there and not all the plants like that. If plants are stressed they are more susceptible to disease and pests (just like people really!). So some of them have a ...

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Ross Park Gardens

Since the dreaded “Drought” was mentioned, we have all been suffering the wet weather!  It hasn't had too an adverse effect on the plants however, although many are a little bit behind where they would normally be at the moment.  Behind the scenes the bedding plants and baskets are growing on. Needless to say, no busy lizzies are being grown this year (due to Impatiens Downy Mildew). They are particularly useful for growing in dry, shady areas – but not when they suffer from disease which wipes them out mid-season, as happened here last year!  Million b ...

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