Birmingham Botanical Gardens https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Birmingham Botanical Gardens Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:10:35 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Aramark Catering https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/09/aramark-catering/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:23:12 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10723 Our new caterers, Aramark Catering, are now available to [...]

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Our new caterers, Aramark Catering, are now available to take bookings for Weddings, Conferences and events.

For information and enquiries please contact the sales office at 0121 393 4479 or

e-mail botanical-evants@aramark.co.uk

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Terrace - Cabaret Rounds - Stage view

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Changes to reciprocal membership with Kew Gardens https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/09/changes-to-reciprocal-membership-with-kew-gardens/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 16:06:30 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10678 As of June 2019 our reciprocal arrangements with Kew [...]

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As of June 2019 our reciprocal arrangements with Kew Gardens will be changing. The new terms are as follows:

“Two-for-one” discount for members

  • Two-for-one discount applies on entry to Kew Gardens and Wakehurst only (no discount on events, car parking, food, retail, etc.)
  • The offer is only available for full-paying adults. When an adult member/staff/ trustee/student wishes to enter with a child over four, a concession, a student, or another guest, the full adult entry fee must be paid, and the guest, child, concession, or student enters for free
  • The member must present their membership card to claim their two-for-one discount
  • Joint members who each hold a membership card are both entitled to bring in a second person on the two-for-one discount, with two paying adults
  • All additional children over four pay full child’s price at Kew Gardens (currently £5). At Wakehurst children under the age of 16 can enter for free.
  • This offer is only available at the gates, therefore no pre-booking online
  • This offer cannot be used with any other discount or offer
  • The scheme takes effect 1 June 2019

Terms and conditions will be reviewed annually

These conditions will also apply for Kew members visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with their card.

If you have any queries feel free to contact us at admin@birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

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September Gardeners’ Blog https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/08/september-gardeners-blog/ Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:11:09 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10660 During September, the indoor team will be busy potting [...]

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During September, the indoor team will be busy potting spring bulbs in the nursery, looking to use them in the Mediterranean House next spring. Hyacinths will be planted in 13cm half pots, 3 bulbs to a pot, each with their noses protruding out of the compost so that they don’t rot. Meanwhile, Daffodils will be planted in 18cm pots, 7 bulbs to a pot. Once this is complete, the Hyacinths and Narcissus will be placed outside in a north facing, dark covered cold frame until late winter. The cold and dark is needed to initiate good root growth.

 

Outside, the team will be planting spring bulbs in our bedding displays. This will be done once the 4,000-winter flowering Polyanthus has been planted out first. The gardening team will also start discussing, choosing and ordering around 10,000 to 12,000 bedding plants for the next 18 months. Yes, for summer 2019 and winter 2019/2020! Gardeners always have to plan ahead!

 

Moreover, if you’re looking to create your own horticultural getaway, remember that now is a great time to propagate tender plants, ready for next year’s display. Coleus, Pelargonium (geranium) and Salvia can be propagated by cuttings now and will become a good-sized plant before the weather turns cold. For the best results, take cuttings from healthy and non-flowering stems. They should be about 10cm long and cut just below a node, which is the part of the stem from which one or more leaves emerge, often forming a slight swell.

 

 

Once this has been done, remove the lower leaves to prevent them from rotting and pot them into a free draining compost mix. We recommend 75% multipurpose compost and 25% sand, grit or perlite. Then, make sure you water them when the compost is dry and place them in a warm shady place. Lastly, place a polythene bag over them to keep the humidity high and prevent them from drying out so quickly.

 

September is also the perfect time to divide herbaceous perennials, now that the weather is cooler and damper. After 3 to 5 years, perennials can get pretty big and can start getting woody – they can even die out in the centre and lose vigour. By lifting them and cutting them into smaller sections with a spade, it helps to rejuvenate the plant. Don’t forget to water them in well. You may find you now have too many plants – why not give or swap them with your family and friends!

 

Towards the end of the month, why not visit the gardens to see one the first trees producing autumnal leaves?

 

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August Gardeners’ Blog 2018 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/08/august-gardeners-blog/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:00:03 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10374  
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Although for many it’s holiday season, work at the Gardens is full on!

 

The wisteria, both on the Pavilion Tearoom and the boundary wall in the Alpine Yard, will have their second pruning this year. Many years ago, Wisteria was sometimes called “two and eight plants”. This didn’t refer to old currency, but was to help remember what months they needed to be pruned in. This encourages the plant to form flower buds rather than green growth.

Wisteria

Wisteria at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Feeding is also a big job this month – most plants will now need a high potash (potassium) fertiliser to encourage more flowers. Tomato food is an excellent source of potash and, if you look on the bottle, you will notice something called NPK. These are the three main nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and kalium (Potassium). Nitrogen is for leaves or shoots, phosphorus is for roots and potassium is for flowers and fruits. Shoots, roots, flowers and fruits!

 

Horticultural staff and volunteers will all be doing their fair share of weeding around the place too. Annual weeds such as annual willow-herb, pearlwort and bitter cress will be hoed off and left to dry out in the strong sunshine. Perennial weeds such as Oxalis, dandelion and perennial nettle will have to be removed using a hand fork or garden fork, to ensure no roots are left behind.

 

In addition, during August, the Butterfly House will be stocked with 100 pupae every week, keeping it full of gorgeous butterflies until the first week of September. The Gardens buy these pupae from Stratford Butterfly Farm and carefully glue them the right way up onto bamboo canes. Some adult butterflies only live for two to three weeks, so we have to keep it stocked up with pupae. Once emerged, the butterflies feed on nectar of Buddleja, Lantana and tropical Vinca, as well as sugar water from the plastic feeders and the fermented, rotting banana, apple and orange.

Butterfly House Re-opens

The Butterfly House at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Don’t forget to move your houseplants into a cool, shady room or in a shady spot outside if you’re going on holiday. By giving them a good soak before you go, they should last for a week or two until you get back.

 

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David Domoney announced as new patron of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/david-domoney-announced-as-new-patron-of-the-birmingham-botanical-gardens/ https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/david-domoney-announced-as-new-patron-of-the-birmingham-botanical-gardens/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:02:17 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10335 David Domoney, a Chartered Horticulturist and gardening personality on [...]

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David Domoney, a Chartered Horticulturist and gardening personality on ITV1’s Love Your Garden and This Morning, has been announced as the new patron of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

David Domoney announced as new patron of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This news comes at a very exciting time for the Gardens. Welcoming more than 110,000 visitors yearly, their 6-strong gardening team maintains 15 acres of beautiful Grade 2* listed gardens, while simultaneously conserving the 7,000 plants grown across the 15-acre site, attracting national recognition. The Gardens recently won an RHS Gold Medal for an exhibit of cyclamen drawn from their National Collection, one of only two in the country, and achieved a commendation for their nomination in the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards for ‘Best Garden’.

 

As an independent educational charity, the Gardens rely on their 5,000 members, friends, visitors and events to generate the funds required for the upkeep. Moreover, they also rely on the invaluable efforts of volunteers to help with the huge amount of work that goes into attending shows and caring for this iconic heritage landmark. As one of only two pre-Victorian Botanic Gardens that remain independent in the UK, this unique city space now welcomes David and his invaluable knowledge and experience in the industry to a new partnership that will raise awareness of the Gardens and assist them in continuing with these initiatives.

 

James Wheeler, CEO at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, commented: ‘We are delighted to announce that David Domoney is the brand new patron of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. His passion for community gardening and helping schools engage with the environment around them matches our own and we are very excited about the potential opportunities and projects we can work on in the future together with this in mind.’’

 

He continued: “We look forward to sharing our plans for the future with David, drawing on his expertise and advice as a prominent and renowned figure within the gardening community. With his huge following online, we know David will be an influential ally for the Gardens in helping to raise the profile of our valuable work.’’

 

Trustee and Chairman of the Gardens’ Horticultural Committee Vic Aspland, commented, “ I am pleased to welcome David as our Patron, as he is as passionate about plants as we are. His expertise will be invaluable for opening up new initiatives by the Gardens.”

 

David Domoney is a distinguished and multi-award winning horticulturist, with 30 Royal Horticultural Society Medals and awards under his belt. He has a long association with the Midlands, having gone to school at Moseley and having grown up in Hall Green; he lives now with his family in Stratford Upon Avon. Alongside presenting on ITV1, he also writes a weekly column for The Sunday Mirror and a monthly column for Grow Your Own magazine in which he encourages the nation into gardening. David is a strong advocate of community gardening and champions this through his national community gardening campaign Cultivation Street (now in its 6th year), which helps Britain’s communities and schools to engage with nature. David also organises The Young Gardeners of the Year competition (now in its 9th year), in association with HRH the Prince of Wales Prince’s Foundation. This April David Domoney was also selected by HRH Prince Edward to receive the Prince Edward Award of Excellence in Horticulture.

 

David said, “There’s something truly magical about Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I visited them on school trips as a kid, so I have known their beauty for some time. The huge array of plant life on display is always a sight to behold and wandering through the different zones offers the perfect escape from the stresses of hectic day-to-day life. It is thus with great pleasure that I join with the team at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in support of this incredible heritage site. The educational programme they have in place for schools in the region is particularly excellent and bears an affinity to my Cultivation Street campaign, making us a great pairing. As someone who lives locally to Birmingham, the upkeep of these gardens is particularly close to my heart and it’s a real honour to work with James and his highly-skilled team.”

 

David and the Gardens are now working together to develop community learning and organise events, while promoting each other’s initiatives and projects regularly in the future.

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Success at Horticulture Week’s Custodian Awards https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/success-at-horticulture-weeks-custodian-awards/ https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/success-at-horticulture-weeks-custodian-awards/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:18:42 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10325 With over 110,000 visitors yearly, our 6-strong gardening team [...]

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With over 110,000 visitors yearly, our 6-strong gardening team work on the Gardens general maintenance, while simultaneously also aiming to conserve the 7,000 plants we have across our 15-acre site and bring more attention to the work we do on a national scale. Having recently won an RHS Gold Medal for our National Cyclamen Collection, one of only two in the country, we thought we’d enter this year’s Horticulture Week Custodian Awards to top off a year of fantastic achievements and celebrate our beautiful site and hard-working team.

 

The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards praise the best parks and gardens, giving gardens and green space managers working to ensure the best possible future for all kinds of green spaces, the chance to showcase their achievements, reward team effort and highlight to stakeholders the vital role they play.

 

We are delighted to say that we were not only shortlisted for ‘Best Gardens’ and ‘Best Gardening Team’, but also received a commendation for our nomination in the ‘Best Garden’ category.

 

The ceremony was at the gorgeous Woburn Abbey House & Gardens in their Sculpture Gallery and welcomed representatives from major national organisations such as English Heritage, the National Trust and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, as well as other independent gardens, local authorities, and specialist private and third sector partners.

 

We rely on our 5,000 members, Friends, visitors and events to bring in the funds we need for upkeep and we rely on volunteers to help with the huge amount of work that goes into attending shows and caring for this iconic heritage landmark. As one of only two Victorian Botanic Gardens that remain independent in the UK, we are thrilled with this achievement and would like to thank everyone involved – this unique city space is kept in fantastic condition thanks to your hard work!

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Tips For The Summer https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/tips-summer/ https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/tips-summer/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:26:10 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10281 With all the hot and dry weather around this [...]

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With all the hot and dry weather around this summer, have you done your bit to help water companies to supply us?

At the time of writing this, water companies say that we have enough water but, we are using it faster than it can be treated and supplied to us!

We can all help by:

  • Taking showers and NOT baths- a 5 minute shower uses 40 litres of water (half the volume of a standard bath)
  • Not washing the car- but remember to keep registration plates, lights and windows clear
  • Don’t water lawns. Although they look dead, they will grow back quickly when it rains
  • Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth. A running tap uses up to nine litres of water a minute
  • Use a watering can in the garden NOT a sprinkler or a hosepipe. Sprinklers and hosepipes left running can use between 500 and 1,000 litres of water an hour
  • Fit a water butt to collect rainwater off your roof. Water butts store 200 litres of water. Using rainwater reduces the amount of treated water you use. Plants prefer rainwater anyway!

Going on holiday in August? Have you got anyone to look after your houseplants while you are away? If not, don’t forget to move your houseplants in a cool, shady room or in a shady spot outside. Then by giving them a good soak before you go, they should last for a week or two until you get back.

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Senior Horticultural Supervisor (External Areas) Position https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/senior-horticultural-supervisor-external-areas-position/ https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/senior-horticultural-supervisor-external-areas-position/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:27:37 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10295 Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Job role: Senior Horticultural Supervisor (External Areas)

Salary: £21,000 to £24,000 dependent on experience

Conditions: Permanent Full Time (39.5 hours per week)

Location: Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Role

Birmingham Botanical Gardens are seeking to appoint a talented Senior Horticultural Supervisor to take responsibility for the maintenance and development of external garden areas at The Gardens. Reporting to our Senior Horticulturist, you will be a creative, highly skilled and experienced horticulturist, a gifted plants-person capable of the highest standards of horticultural maintenance and a skilled supervisor of staff, understanding of all aspects of the management of a garden open to the public.

Location

Birmingham Botanical Gardens opened in 1832 and are administered by the Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural Society Limited, an independent educational charity. Four stunning glasshouses take you from lush tropical rainforest to the extreme aridity of the desert. Beyond, fifteen acres of beautiful landscaped gardens display 6,000 different plants in a wonderful Grade 2* historic landscaped setting: the most diverse collection of plants in the Midlands. Fascinating events and a very successful education programme provide interest for visitors throughout the year. Designed by botanist and designer John Claudius Loudon, education lies at the heart of the Gardens’ mission to create memorable visitor experiences which reveal the benefits of plants and teach us how to secure the future of our living environment. We pride ourselves on offering a pristine, green ‘Oasis of Delight’ in the heart of Birmingham for all who visit.

Duties

You will be a key member of the Gardens’ Management and Horticultural Team, reporting to the Senior Horticulturist. You will be expected to work both as a hands-on gardener and as a horticultural supervisor, assisting in the maintenance of the Gardens to the highest standards for visitors to enjoy.

Duties will include the efficient supervision of four staff, additional apprentices, students and volunteers, deputising for our Senior Horticulturist and responsibility for compliance with all relevant legislation.

You’ll engage and build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including visitors, the Gardens staff team and external horticultural and education partners in our work. You’ll assist with interpretation and event programming to help visitors understand the history of our gardens and plant collections. You’ll develop and deliver new horticultural projects to enrich our visitors’ experience here.

You’ll also be responsible for specialist care for our Alpine Plant Collection and our National Collection of Cyclamen.

You’ll be an active member of our management team and, using your knowledge and team insights, you’ll help us make informed decisions. You’ll work to constantly improve our visitor offer. You’ll share your passion for the Gardens and instil a team culture of exceptional customer service.

You’ll be part of our Duty Manager rota at the Gardens providing support across all departments. Regular weekend and bank holiday working is a requirement of this role. We anticipate this being one weekend in six.

Qualifications

For you to gain a position within our team, we are looking for the following:

  • A passionate, hardworking horticulturalist with experience of gardening at a professional level.
  • Higher education qualification in horticulture, minimum ND, preferably HND or Degree and a minimum of 5 years horticultural experience.
  • A team player who can supervise staff to high horticultural standards.
  • Flexible to ensure that horticultural operations cover is provided at all times.
  • Good communication and customer care skills to interface effectively with staff, volunteers, visitors, internal and external suppliers and contacts.
  • Good written and verbal skills for public presentations, influencing and negotiating
  • Act as an ambassador for the Gardens in all horticultural matters, attending professional conferences and working with the media.
  • IT skills including the production of signage, visitor interpretation and the use of a Plant Records Data Management System (BG Base)
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety and Compliance requirements relevant to horticulture
  • Ability to manage budgets and small projects
  • Experience with operating garden machinery, in particular mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters and compact tractors.
  • A clean driving license valid in the UK.
  • PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates.
  • Confidence in carrying out a wide and varied number of gardening tasks.
  • Able to work on own initiative and make decisions.
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent and varied plant knowledge.
  • A passion for or specific knowledge of Alpine plants is essential.
  • A passion for or specific knowledge of the cultivation of Cyclamen is essential (Holder of National Collection of Cyclamen species)
  • A passion for or specific knowledge of Bonsai is desirable.

Remuneration and Benefits

  • £21,000 to £24,000 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • A maximum of 28 days holiday as a reward for service
  • Work based pension scheme.
  • Support for training including paid day release
  • Income protection due to illness
  • 20% off in our retail outlet
  • 10% off in our catering outlet
  • Free annual Garden membership which will allow you free entrance into Birmingham Botanical Gardens and free or discounted entry to the following gardens:
  • RBG Kew, Westonbirt Arboretum, The Living Rainforest, Wakehurst Place, Bedgebury National Pinetum, Ness Botanic Garden, Garden Organic, University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Bodenham Arboretum, National Botanic Garden of Wales and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

 

To apply: Closing Date 27/08/18  Interviews at B.B.G 03/09/18 to 05/09/18

To apply for the position please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter stating why you would be suitable for this post to:

 

James Wheeler, Chief Executive
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Westbourne Road
Edgbaston

Birmingham B15 3TR

james@birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

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Why not visit the Butterfly House this summer? https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/visit-butterfly-house-summer/ https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/07/visit-butterfly-house-summer/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:50:32 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10255 It is home to colourful tropical butterflies from the [...]

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Butterfly House Re-Opens 2018
It is home to colourful tropical butterflies from the Philippines, Central America and tropical parts of Africa.

Each week 100 new pupae are placed in the emerging case- we attach them to bamboo canes with glue! Some of the pupae may hatch on the same day, whilst others take a week or so- if you are lucky you may see one hatch! On sunny days, the butterflies will fly around you and may even land on you to say hello. On cloudy days they prefer to rest in the foliage and are camouflaged as ‘dead leaves’.

How many will you spot today? Watch these butterflies drinking from exotic, scented, nectar rich plants such as Lantana, Bougainvillea and Heliotrope. See them feeding on sugar-water feeders and saucers of fermenting fruit such as banana, apple and oranges.

The Butterfly House is located at the far left corner of the gardens, just past the Grass Garden and is open every day from late May to early September.

From late September to early May, we change this glasshouse to an overwintering glasshouse. This is where, during the winter, we keep our cacti which are planted outside on the Terrace for the summer.

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Gardeners’ Blog – July 2018 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/06/gardeners-blog-july-2018/ https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/2018/06/gardeners-blog-july-2018/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:13:01 +0000 https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/?p=10232 This month, in the glorious sunshine, the outdoor team [...]

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This month, in the glorious sunshine, the outdoor team have been making hay from cuttings of the long grass, where all the daffodils were frolicking earlier in the year. Enough time has now passed for the daffodil foliage to die down and absorb as much energy as possible for next year’s flowers, meaning we could cut down the grass with strimmers.

 

The team have also been busy making sure that all of the newly planted, tender perennials and bedding plants have been kept well-watered in the hot, dry spells that we have been experiencing. On the other hand, it has been perfect growing weather for our sub-tropical plants.

 

Moreover, as mentioned in the last blog, the Trails Garden has now been transformed with cannas and salvias, which will continue to bloom until the first frosts. Dahlias have also been planted along the length of the Loudon terrace and will keep on flowering until we have to remove them to plant the winter bedding plants. The Gardens are really coming alive with new plants and colours!

 

Over the next few weeks the gardeners will start the endless task of hedge cutting, and there are a lot of hedges around the gardens to trim! This task normally takes a huge amount time and will continue into late autumn and early winter.

 

In addition, you’ll be pleased to know that all the pruning and feeding has paid off in the Rose Garden, which has looked fabulous this year. Regular deadheading from now on will hopefully encourage them to produce a second flush of flowers over the next few months. The team have also tried planting a couple of different salvias cultivars within the Rose Garden as a trial to see if it will reduce pests and diseases in the area, as well as extending their season. We will let you know how we get on.

 

The indoor team will be busy this month keeping the glasshouses tidy and the Butterfly House in tip-top condition in time for the summer holidays. In fact, the Butterfly House really hits its peak in July, now that the butterfly bush (buddleja) is in flower. Their honey scented flowers are full of nectar, and butterflies just absolutely love it!

 

Lastly, the propagation of indoor plants from seeds and cuttings will continue in the nursery throughout the summer, helping to stock the glasshouses with new plants for next year.

 

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