I had to make sure my first post of 2015 was about the National Botanic Garden of Wales. It’s been too long since my last NBGW update! I finished my placement with the outside team at the end of November and have been with the inside team since December.
Inside the Great Glasshouse
Sunrise at Allt Goch
Sunset at NBGW
I spent a lot of time on the Broadwalk for my last few weeks outside, clearing the Rock of Ages Pools of a particularly invasive weed – Equisetum, or, as it’s more commonly known, mare’s tail. Its roots can go down as deep as seven feet, you do not want this thug in your garden!
First pond, before. . .
Halfway there. . .
Second pond, before. . .
Nearly there. . .
It took me and another colleague nearly three weeks to remove it from all three ponds, it was damn cold, hard work but incredibly satisfying. Each time I see the ponds now I can’t help but smile at how awesome they look!
Third and final pond, before. . .
Nearly done. . .
My favourite sculpture at NBGW
Me and the other PGG student Becky had a fun morning early in December, getting some chainsaw practice. We helped the arborist at NBGW fell a conifer which was to be used as a Christmas tree. Becky made the felling cut and I pulled it over, with our colleague supervising. That’s what I call teamwork!
Before felling. . .
I have been spending the first half of my placement with the inside team in the nursery glasshouses and polytunnels, which is the private area at NBGW that isn’t open to the public. This is where all the propagation and overwintering/storing of plants for the entire site takes place, for both the inside and outside teams.
Inside Nursery Glasshouse 1 (aka NG1)
Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’
x Citrofortunella microcarpa
Spraying biological control in NG1
I have been working with all the different plant collections, from Banksias and Proteas which belong in the Great Glasshouse to Brugmansias and Cannas which were lifted from the Double Walled Garden.
Philodendron scandens before. . .
The massive Euphorbia before. . .
In the middle of re-potting. . .
Watering in Nursery Glasshouse 3 (aka NG3)
Two of the glasshouses are my responsibility while I am with the nursery team (NG1 and NG2), it’s a great feeling being trusted to look after them. The daily maintenance includes: watering, pest and disease monitoring, weeding and general tidying, to ensure the plants are as healthy and happy as possible and the glasshouse is in as good a condition as it can be.
Brugmansias in Nursery Glasshouse 2 (aka NG2)
Eucomis bulbs before tidying. . .
In the middle of re-potting a Banksia
As well as the general upkeep I’ve had the chance to do some propagation work which I really enjoyed. I’ve also re-potted numerous different types of plants, including a massive Euphorbia which was well over six feet high!
Anigozanthos (aka Kangeroo paws)
Hardenbergia violacea (Lilac vine)
Tomorrow is the start of my last week with the nursery team, I’m looking forward to spending the remaining six weeks in the Great Glasshouse. Until then! 🙂