Grounds & Gardens blog: A quick update on the gardens for the last few weeks!

15th February 2018 in Grounds & Gardens

A quick update on the gardens for the last few weeks!

It’s been a bit of a wet start to the year for the grounds and gardens team with more rain than any of us can remember for January. Despite the weather the snowdrops are still looking fantastic in the copse at the top of the college near the chapel and it’s definitely worth a walk this week to catch them while they are looking good!

Snowdrops in the copse

Snowdrops in the copse

If you’re walking up to the copse past the Hepworth sculpture you’ll pass the winter border with the heady scents of the Chimonanthus praecox and the sarcococcas, and two of our favourites the Cornus mas and Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ are looking really great this week. On a clear day in the winter sun the dogwood Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ and the scarlet willow Salix alba var. vitellina ’Britzensis’ almost look like they are glowing in the border.
The dogwoods on the winter border
The dogwoods on the winter border

Chimonanthus praecox

Chimonanthus praecox

Hamamelis x intermedia

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

Our orchids are in full flow at the moment with lots of them in flower. Our star of the week is the very pretty Coelogyne intermedia which we have growing on bark. It has a gorgeous white flower with a pale yellow throat and a delicate scent!

Coelogyne intermedia

Coelogyne intermedia

If you’d like to have a look at the orchids let us know at Grounds and Gardens and we’ll show you round or find the key at the porter’s lodge and have a look yourself. Other stunners in flower this week include the dendrobiums, cymbidiums and a very lovely Lycaste lassioglossa just to name a few.

Around the College, the team have been working really hard. It’s been a busy time on the sports field for Dave with student matches including football, rugby and ultimate Frisbee and Kev has done a fantastic job pruning the apple trees in the college hostels on Storeys Way. We’re looking forward to the wonderful blossoms in the spring and hopefully plenty of fruit at the end of the summer!

— The Grounds and Gardens team

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