Plant Sale – Friday 5th May 2023, 11am to 2pm

The Grounds Team are selling vegetable plants, flowering plants and large houseplants at a pop-up shop on Friday 5th May from 11am to 2pm in The Forum Street on Streatham Campus http://ex.ac.uk/d5V

The vegetable plants have been propagated and grown in the Grounds nursery and include cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, chillies, aubergines and squash.

The flowering plants include Sunflowers and Eccremocarpus scaber.

Prices for the vegetable and flowering plants range from £3.50 to £5.00.

The houseplants include large versions of Crassula ovata and Dracaena and prices range from £15 to £50.

Please do come along; we would love to see you!

Vegetable plant for sale – Cucumber ‘Marketmore’

Vegetable plant for sale – Tomato ‘Roma’

Vegetable plant for sale – Tomato ‘Bottondoro’

Vegetable plant for sale – Sweet Pepper ‘Beja’

Vegetable plant for sale – Chilli ‘Gusto Green’

Vegetable plant for sale – Aubergine ‘Pinstripe’

Vegetable plant for sale – Squash ‘Uchiki Kuri’

Flowering plant for sale – Sunflower ‘Procut Plum’

Flowering plant for sale – Eccremocarp0us scaber (a tropical looking non-hardy climber)

Houseplant for sale – Dracaena

Houseplant for sale – Crassula ovata

Buy a mature rose plant and help hedgehogs!

Beautiful rose plants for sale!

Some rose plants have been removed from the grounds in readiness for the new Multifaith Centre building, but the good news is that they’re available for you to buy!

Purchase a voucher at the Forum Marketplace shop – £4.50 per rose plant – and then exchange it for a rose bare-root plant at the Grounds Nursery, Estate Services Centre, Off Clydesdale Avenue, EX4 4QX. Once you’ve made your purchase, simply email Jess Evans to arrange a collection date and time.

And the best part? All proceeds will go towards supporting the British Hedgehog Preservation Society! Help us to support a great cause and add some beauty to your garden at the same time!

Exciting News!

Exciting news! We are delighted to announce that plants from the University Grounds Team horticulturists are now being sold in the Forum’s Marketplace shop.

If you are looking to add some greenery to your life, our collection of plants has got you covered! From small succulents to towering Mother in Law’s Tongue, we’ve got plants in all shapes and sizes to suit any space. Whether you’re an experienced plant parent or just starting out, our range of plants is perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of nature to their home or office. With a variety of species to choose from, you can find a wonderful plant to fit your unique style.

Want information on how to care for your plant and keep it in good health? Just click on the QR code! (QR code is also on the sign in the shop).

Did you know that plants have been shown to have numerous health benefits? They reduce stress levels, boost productivity and some plants can purify the air! So not only will you be adding a beautiful aesthetic to your space, but you’ll also be improving your overall wellbeing.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our selection of plants today and bring a little bit of nature into your life. We guarantee you won’t regret it!

New Research – big bumblebees learn locations of best flowers

Big bumblebees take time to learn the locations of the best flowers, new research shows.

Meanwhile smaller bumblebees – which have a shorter flight range and less carrying capacity – don’t pay special attention to flowers with the richest nectar.

University of Exeter scientists examined the “learning flights” which most bees perform after leaving flowers.

Honeybees are known to perform such flights – and the study shows bumblebees do the same, repeatedly looking back to memorise a flower’s location.

“It might not be widely known that pollinating insects learn and develop individual flower preferences, but in fact bumblebees are selective,” said Natalie Hempel de Ibarra, Associate Professor at Exeter’s Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour.

“On leaving a flower, they can actively decide how much effort to put into remembering its location.

Bumblebee flower

Bumblebees carry out “learning flights” after leaving flowers (credit: Natalie Hempel de Ibarra)

Bumblebees carry out “learning flights” after leaving flowers (credit: Natalie Hempel de Ibarra)

“The surprising finding of our study is that a bee’s size determines this decision making and the learning behaviour.”

In the study, captive bees visited artificial flowers containing sucrose (sugar) solution of varying concentrations.

The larger the bee, the more its learning behaviour varied depending on the richness of the sucrose solution.

Smaller bees invested the same amount of effort in learning the locations of the artificial flowers, regardless of whether sucrose concentration was high or low.

“The differences we found reflect the different roles of bees in their colonies,” said Professor Hempel de Ibarra.

“Large bumblebees can carry larger loads and explore further from the nest than smaller ones.

“Small ones with a smaller flight range and carrying capacity cannot afford to be as selective, so they accept a wider range of flowers.

“These small bees tend to be involved more with tasks inside the nest – only going out to forage if food supplies in the colony are running low.”

The study was conducted in collaboration with scientists from the University of Sussex.

The bees were observed in greenhouses at the University of Exeter’s award-winning Streatham Campus, and Professor Hempel de Ibarra thanked the university’s Grounds and Gardens team for their continued support.

The study was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The paper, published in the journal Current Biology, is entitled: “Small and large bumblebees invest differently when learning about flowers.”

Sustainable Practices – seed propagation and plants grown in-house

We have been busy with seed propagation this week in our Estate Services Centre Nursery.

The cuttings are soft-wood material using the techniques of nodal, heel and mallet cuttings.

This important work, of growing plants in-house and planting them on campus and by residences, means that we are reducing our carbon footprint, working within our sustainability practices and reducing costs.

  

Treat yourself to a beautiful handcrafted Christmas wreath!

If you would like to purchase a beautiful Christmas wreath handcrafted by our talented florists in the Grounds team, orders can  now be placed via the online store.

Choose from either a Rustic Christmas Wreath or a Traditional Christmas Wreath, £18 per wreath, delivery to either Streatham Campus or St Luke’s Campus Monday 2nd to Friday 5th December and Monday 16th to Friday 20th December.

Please allow three working days between order date and delivery date.

Rustic Christmas Wreath

Showcasing our beautiful campus grown foliage, this woodland inspired Christmas wreath is complemented with natural pine cones and British grown dried flowers.

Rustic Christmas Wreath

 

Traditional Christmas Wreath

This festive wreath combines beautiful campus grown foliage with red or gold ribbon and dried oranges or cinnamon for a classic Christmas display.

Traditional Christmas Wreath

 

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Successful initiative; growing our own cut flowers for bouquets and floral displays

We are delighted to announce that the Grounds team are now successfully growing our own cut flowers at the Estate Services Centre Nursery, which are used for the fabulous bouquets and beautiful floral displays on campus.

This initiative from our talented Nursery and Floristry staff means that we are reducing our carbon footprint, working within our sustainability practices and reducing costs.

We have received excellent positive feedback from our customers, who really embrace the unique personal touch that the displays and bouquets now give as the flowers are grown in-house on our estate.

Photos below show the journey for this initiative; starting from the newly built raised bed right through to a beautiful floral display created with our in-house grown cut flowers.

Newly built raised bed for the cut flowers

Raised bed planted

Wow look at the raised bed now!

Some of the cut flowers which will be used in our bouquets and floral displays

Some of the cut flowers which will be used in our bouquets and floral displays

 

Floral display with our in-house grown cut flowers

 

The end result! A beautiful floral display with our in-house grown cut flowers

Brighten up your workplace by bringing the outdoors in!

The Grounds Team are not just about outdoor plants – do you know that the Grounds Team also grow indoor plants in-house at the Grounds Nursery?

We supply and also maintain these indoor plants for various Colleges and Departments on Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus and if you are interested in having some wonderful plants to brighten up your workplace, please contact .

Plants are great for your health and wellbeing!

Some of the indoor plants grown in-house at the Grounds Nursery

Some of the indoor plants grown in-house at the Grounds Nursery

Some of the indoor plants grown in-house at the Grounds Nursery