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The Strange Story of a Swedish Christmas Tree.

Better known a tree used as a Christmas Tree, Picea abies, this striking Norway Spruce was found in a forest in Sweden, amazing Tage Lundell who spotted the distinctive crimson shoots, and called it Rydal (there’s a lake in the British Lake District near Grasmere called Rydal….could there somehow be a relationship? ) It’s garden worthiness might be doubted as the new shoots soon turn to green, but the smaller specimen in Foggy Bottom is pruned annually to keep it relatively small. Regrettably the red growths are long gone before Christmas….
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Long established in Foggy Bottom, these plants continue to give a show each spring. Pruned back immediately after flowering keeps the seldom grown Spiraea reasonably compact and ensures free flowering every year. The Malus behind also has it’s moment of glory as purple leaves emerge with the blossom of deep plumb purple flowers. Whilst understandably the perennials are waiting for some warmth to perform, woody plants are a constant and changing display. Plan your visit to Bressingham Gardens …each month from now becomes more spectacular!
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Magnolia Jane. The perfect answer to early frost damage is that it keeps coming out with new flowers, week after week, even as it comes into leaf. This is in the Fragrant Garden (although this particular Magnolia is not fragrant…well, you can’t have it all! A slow growing shrub, which eventually makes a small, multi-branched tree. It was one of many bred in the USA by Don Egolf, who named the series with girl’s names. We think Jane is the best, but Susan makes a good second! ... See MoreSee Less

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The 3rd get together of our small band of volunteers, here each Saturday morning until the project is finished (another 3 or 4 weeks max) Hard work and skilful work (Hard work can also be skilful!)
The soil in this area of Foggy Bottom is heavy clay loam, if it breaks up it’s great, if it doesn’t it’s worse than dough….Here you see social distancing being observed between Andy, Jane and Dan (in the shade) They are preparing soil and planting heathers. A great team!!
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Among the 5000 or so hardy perennials in Alan Bloom’s Dell Garden, are some few might recognise, and in many cases might want….any guesses ? Already this week ready to burst into flower, this is Paeonia x smouthii. A hybrid between 2 species which flowers red and fragrant with foliage resembling seaweed. In fact at this stage you could almost imagine them clinging to an underwater coral reef (are there any living coral reefs above water?) ... See MoreSee Less

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