We have had a busy autumn in the garden department and it’s hard to believe I have been at St Hugh’s for almost a year. Since my last blog we have welcomed Mike Hawkins into the garden team. Mike has already proven to be an excellent addition and has started to undertake his NVQ level... Continue Reading →
As I write this blog with the rain pouring down it’s hard to remember that summer is happening at all! The lawns have greened up and it has been a struggle to keep up with the mowing between the downpours. John’s bedding has performed particularly well with all this rain; those tiny love-lies-bleeding (Amaranths) that... Continue Reading →
Dear Garden Fanciers What a fantastic spring we’ve had so far. It’s been lovely and warm, but all this sunshine has dried the beds and lawns out so much that are having to step up our watering efforts to keep up with the explosion of growth at this time of year. I have a sneaky... Continue Reading →
Our glorious magnolia was planted to commemorate the Armistice at the end of World War I, and so celebrates its 99th birthday this year. We think it gets better every year.
Hello and welcome to spring in the gardens! We have been treated to a few really warm and sunny days in March, when everybody feels envious of the gardening team for a day, being able to work outdoors. But these bright periods seem to have been followed every time by showers and wintry misery –... Continue Reading →
If you spot a plant you like at this time of year, it can be hard to be sure what variety it is. This handy guide to spring buds may help.
Hello, fellow plant lovers, and welcome to my first blog since taking over from Martin Brandom as Head Gardener in January. I’m not the wordiest person, preferring to be working outdoors with the plants. Speaking of which, I have noticed the spring bulbs slowly beginning to show, after some severe frosts in December and January,... Continue Reading →
St Hugh's College's Head Groundsman, Martin Brandom, writes his final blog for Hugh's Horticulture before departing the College this October (2016). Martin joined the College as Head Groundsman in 2011 and oversaw many changes to the College gardens. Read the summary of Martin's time with St Hugh's in his own words.
Summer has shot by and it’s been a busy one! Lots of early wet weather has meant that everything has grown so much. Grass just wouldn’t stay cut. It has been a hard job to keep up with it, though it has slowed in the last 3 weeks and, unbelievably, things are wilting now. It... Continue Reading →