Wednesday, 8 December 2010
The team would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support and hope you have enjoyed our activities highlighted in our blog during 2010.
May we wish you all a "Merry Christmas and a prosperous New year".
Another good job to keep you warm, in these freezing temperatures, is chipping. Whilst Ady and Joss continued clearing out the leaf pit by the Provost's garden and moving it to the top of the sports field, Simon, Graham and Ali cleared the chipping pile. By the end of the session, it may still have been cold outside but we were certainly warm on the inside.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
One plant that stands out from the rest is Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'. Its berry display can be seen from mid autumn when the shrub produces a spectacular display of large, packed clusters of vivid, shiny almost metallic, bead like purple berries. It is fully hardy, grown best in full sun or dappled shade, a deciduous shrub that loses its leaves to reveal this amazing display.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
The ditch, however, continues around the sports field and needs to be cleared of leaves. Joe and Graham spend the majority of the day blowing the leaves out, for Ady, Simon, Joss and Ali to fork and rake onto the woodland area adjacent to the canal. No big machines to help today, as the path is inaccessible to them, just sheer strength and will power, and the need to keep warm!
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Armed with shovels, brooms and wheelbarrows of rock salt, the team work their way around the college clearing away the snow from the steps and paths, then apply the rock salt to stop it refreezing over night.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Today Simon, armed with his chainsaw, Graham, Joe and Ali, armed with axe, spend the morning chopping up wood for the college fire places. Within ten minutes of starting they have worked up a sweat and the excess layers are removed, no need for soup today.
Another job to keep us warm, if only from the steam emitted from the heap, is to volunteer to work on the compost heaps. The New Holland, with its grab, is used for this job, mixing leaves, grass, shredded office paper and herbaceous material together. Due to the recent leaf fall and the cutting back of the herbaceous border, the heaps around the college have fallen out of the confines of their boards and need pushing back and mixing.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
If you were following the blog last November you may remember the planting of 300-400 tulip bulbs, well, we have now planted another 300 completing our project. Last year we planted the colours white, orange and red to mimic the summer display, well, we have now planted the two remaining colours, pink and purple, so next May, the border will be full of tulips.
Not content with 300 bulbs in this border, whilst Ady and Joss added a mulch, Graham and Ali planted 100 'Abu Hassan' tulip bulbs, goblet shaped with rich red flowers margined with golden yellow, in the corner border, see blog entry 29th October 'Hot Colours for Winter'
Friday, 19 November 2010
Many of the overhanging branches have been cut back and, with the help of Matt and Dwayne from the maintenance team, all the leaves removed from the roof. Matt and Dwayne also then spent time power washing all the grime from the paving area directly outside the building as well as the cobwebs and dirt from the eaves.
Monday, 15 November 2010
For the last month, Mondays have meant leaves and today was no exception, only this time on a large scale. Having spent the morning clearing The Broadwalk for, hopefully, the last time, luckily the Horse Chestnut leaves fell early, the team moved to the back of the Nuffield Lawn and the borders and paths that edge it. The mass of leaves were too deep and heavy for us to lift on forks and rakes, so the New Holland tractor and grab were brought into use for the first time this year.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
It is not just within the college grounds that the gardening team have to clear the leaves. The team spent the morning clearing leaves from the garden of two properties, no ride on mowers this time. Rakes, blowers and bags were used to remove the leaves, 20 tonne bags filled and transported to the compost heaps.
The afternoon was spent clearing leaves from the Canal Building at the bottom of Nelson Street, two truck loads in all. The team, exhausted at the end of the day, but pleased with their achievement.
Monday, 8 November 2010
The weather has been very wet today and for most of the day the team have been doing their inside jobs. Joe spent the day labelling the Worcester College Apple and Pear Juice, with a few hours help from Kieron, Ali and Graham.
The first batch of this years juice will go on sale this Friday, the 12th of November, between 14:15-16:00 hours in the Head of Gardens office by the nursery/car park, price per bottle £3.75.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Graham and Ali spend the day on the border cutting down the tired herbaceous plants and manage to finish half way down the first part of the border.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Simon, Ady, Graham, and Joe start the repair by breaking up the old path, then add a new layer of hoggin on top. They then rake it to create a slight slope towards the drain to eradicate the puddles, finally using a whacker plate to merge the two layers together.
Monday, 1 November 2010
Below you will find two videos of Kieron mowing the lawn and how the mower dumps the leaves onto the compost heaps.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
The reason for forcing some of our bulbs is to make them flower before their natural flowering season allowing us to create a display indoors in the senior common room.