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March Garden Blog from Head Gardener Thomas Moore

March Garden Blog from Head Gardener Thomas Moore

25th Mar 2022

A very warm welcome back to the first Garden blog of the 2022 season. Thankfully, we have had a very mild Winter followed by a wet and cold start to March. Throughout this mix of weather, we have been busy completing our winter garden tasks such as mulching, pruning, division of perennial plants and edging of all our borders.

Figure 1 Crocus and Daffodils Naturalized in Gras

We are currently spreading leaf mould on all the perennial beds and the woodland flower areas. This leaf mould which we produce on site is created when the leaves of the deciduous trees are broken down by the slow action of fungi. This results in a fantastic mix of compost and leaf mould acting as a great conditioner for the soil. We have also been busy planting native saplings in a new woodland area near Kildare Yard. Here you will see a mix of native Oaks, intermixed with Hazel, Spindal, Birch and Guelder Rose Saplings.

Now is the perfect time for planting rootball trees. We have added some interesting trees such as Eastern red bud (Cercis Candensis) Seven-sons tree (Heptacodium Miconides) and a Yoshino Cherry, along with many other specimens to add to the fantastic collection already here in the Irish National Stud & Gardens.

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Figure 2 Pedro our work experience student from Waterford Institution of Technology helping the garden crew planting Oak Saplings in the new woodland behind Kildare yard

Over the next two months the Cherry Blossoms will take centre stage under planted with a variety of amazing spring bulbs. If you want to capture some eye-catching photographs with spring foals and blossoms, be sure to pay a visit over the next few weeks.

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Figure 3 Hellebores flowering along the path of life in the Japanese Gardens

Important dates for your Diary:

INS Plant Fair takes place inside the grounds on the 16th & 17th of April.

 

 

 

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