LET'S GET gardening
Woman's Weekly Living Series|October 2020
LET'S GET gardening
Garden news
WENDY HUMPHIRES

CHATSWORTH’S BIG GARDEN TRANSFORMATION

During the 2020 lockdown, a major development took place in the gardens of Chatsworth, Derbyshire, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

This latest scheme, the Arcadia project, is part of a transformation of a section of the garden, which will be the biggest garden update completed at Chatsworth for nearly 200 years.

A team of 10 welcomed help from the Duke and Duchess, who took on jobs such as planting and watering.

The changes include a remodeled rock garden, new maze borders, along with the creation of arcadia glades.

Working to plans created by garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith, the Arcadia project features a new stone sculpture called natural course as a centrepiece. Thousands of blue Camassia and primula were planted, which will establish to create significant spring displays in the future. Chatsworth is welcoming visitors to the estate’s garden for pre-booked visits: chatsworth. org Tel 01246 565300

The Royal Horticultural Society has announced that the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will not go ahead in 2021 due to coronavirus.

Device improves flower size

A new innovative watering solution will give flowers and foliage a real boost. Plantsurge is a device that magnetises water as it flows through your hose to increase the number and size of flowers, compared to those watered with tap water. Scientists still don’t know why magnetic water works, but it is believed that magnetic fields create smaller clusters of water molecules, allowing easier entry into cells and tissues. Another theory is that magnetic fields stimulate the plants’ electrical and nervous system known to control growth and help sap rise.

Plantsurge clips to any 15mm pipe or plastic hose. For more info visit plantsurge.com. £29.95

PLANT OF THE MONTH

Nerine bowdenii

The exotic looking pink South African bulb can be relied upon to give a welcome late splash of summer colour amid autumnal hues. One of the best late-flowering bulbs, Nerine bowdenii loves a dry spot at the base of a hedge or foot of a south-facing wall. They are best planted in groups so that flowers have more impact and the fragrance will fill cool air at this time of year.

This hardy species prefers a sunny spot but will flower in partial shade if needed. The bulbs like to be exposed at the soil’s surface, so in very cold regions, apply a deep mulch to protect from frost. Strappy leaves appear in January and remain until summer, before flowers appear atop bare stems.

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October 2020