Sunday, 8 June 2014


Hello there,

If you're wondering about where I've got to, I'm now at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and I run a regular work blog about what I get up to here:

I'm currently posting about our show garden that we're doing at BBC Gardeners' World Live so take a peak; come and follow me!

Bert x

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Turf laying.

Last week I helped out with the turf laying on the Long Walk. It was the first time I'd worked with turf and it was pretty interesting. In a few months it should be ready to walk on and should eventually mix in with the other grass seed so you don't see the outer lines. Also, I took a few photos of the garden in general a couple of weeks ago that I should hopefully be posting up on her soon.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Cane structures

Me and Phil made a continuous row structure for runner beans and wigwam structures for French climbing beans in the Kitchen Garden - even though it took us two days to perfect the lines and measurements, I'm really pleased with how it looks now it's done!

Monday, 8 April 2013

Pear tree pruning

Last week I did standard pruning on a pear tree. I really enjoyed it even though the weather was freezing!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hardwood cuttings

Yesterday I tool some hardwood cuttings of Cornus for Westonburt. I used three different cutting techniques to see if one of them takes better than the others.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Project area seedlings

Earlier this week I pricked out some of the seedlings which will be for my project area. They will serve as my "ground cover".

Reseda odorata Gradiflora

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Project area - Lower Winthrop's

My project so far...

I planned long and hard for the annuals I wanted to get, they're currently being sown. We then cleared, pruned and mulched through the borders. Here's a few photos of the progression.

In late Novemer 2012

February 2013 - Border cleared

February 2013 - Pruning the Russian Sage (Perovskia Atriplicifolia)

February 2013 - After pruning

March 2013 - After mulching