The wildflower areas at St Luke’s Campus are looking fantastic.
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.
This Azara microphylla, located halfway down Poole Gate on Streatham Campus exact location, is currently in flower and the tiny yellow vanilla scented flowers smell divine!
Do go and enjoy the wonderfully scented flowers for yourself, but don’t take too long as it will only be in flower for a couple of weeks.
Azara is a semi-evergreen shrub from South America and we hold a National Collection of Azara on our Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus. Further information on our National Collection can be found on our Grounds webpages.
The Grounds Team will be selling a mixture of indoor and outdoor plants from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday 11th February 2020 in Cross Keys on St Luke’s Campus.
Do come along and treat yourself to a fabulous new plant!
The Grounds Team will be selling beautiful handmade Christmas wreaths, Poinsettias and a mixture of indoor and outdoor plants in The Forum Street from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday 17th December 2019.
Please do come along; it’s a great opportunity to buy some Christmas presents, add a Christmas wreath to your festive decorations and also to treat yourself!
Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens.
It is Bees’ Needs Week from 8th to 14th July 2019 and whether you are a farmer, a gardener or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help support our valuable insect pollinators.
There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:
- Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees – our mature and exotic plants give long flowering periods for bees and insects.
- Let your garden grow wild – we have wildflower meadows located throughout our campuses to encourage biodiversity.
- Cut your grass less often – we ensure refuge strips are left uncut along campus watercourses to encourage wildlife.
- Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots – we practise sympathetic maintenance regimes and have installed bug hotels and insect palaces throughout our campuses.
- Think carefully about whether to use pesticides – we use Integrated Pest Management to minimise the use of pesticides.
We are trialling a crop of summer flowering wildflowers at Reed Hall beds this year.
We have had to change the planting scheme and rest the beds this year, as we have had confirmation of a soil borne fungus disease.
We hope you enjoy these colourful wildflowers and we aim to reintroduce the traditional display of spring and summer bedding next year.
We are very excited to announce that the Dracunculus vulgaris (voodoo lily) has flowered!