Earlier this week the team began bringing in the tender plants that had been part of the Pump Quad's summer display. Yesterday it was the display in the Besse Courtyard that was broken up and replaced with winter evergreens. Cuttings have already been taken of the pink pelargonium and Plectranthus coleoides so, apart from two plants of each that have been kept as stock plants, the rest were taken to the compost heap. The Tibouchina urvilleana and Salvia 'Amistad' were taken to the greenhouse for over wintering.
Before replanting the soil in the planters were checked for any signs of vine weevil, clear thank goodness! Leaf mould was then mixed in with the compost and the evergreens planted, Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly), Ilex aquifolium (Common Holly), Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' (Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013) and Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'.
This morning Tulips were added to the planters, Tulipa 'Black Hero', and in the remaining spaces Wallflower 'Sunset Bronze', Polyanthus 'Bright & Breezy' (orange, yellow and white mixed) and Ivy 'Parsley Crested' were planted.