5 Jan 2011

All wrapped up

The Head Gardener, Tim Marshall is taking no chances with this plant during the winter. How snug it must be beneath all that straw, but what is it and why grow something that needs such cosseting?
This plant is actually a Washington Palm; it should be reasonably hardy but this particular specimen had been leading a pampered life of luxury inside the Orangery and is not used to the cold. It had grown so well that it had been pushing against the glass in the roof so had to be moved outside.  Moving it to its new location proved to be an interesting task, Writtle College horticultural students were roped in to dig out and drag the one and a half ton plant on to a trailer and plant it in the new home.  Has anyone got a photo of the move? It must have been quite a sight.

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