We were planting the rhododendrons in the park into new containers especially made for us by the Mens Shed. Last spring the rhododendrons were planted as part of the Hooker Trail, but straight into the soil. Of the seven originally planted five have really struggled to grow, so it was decided to put them into proper ericaceous ie acid soil. We hope to do the last two next winter.
Having to barrow in all the materials made for a long hard job. It was very satisfying being able to water straight from the river though. Hopefully they will start to thrive and we will be able to buy more stock in the autumn to bulk up the display.
Linda Gray, Lisa Simmonds and Alan Witherby on a cold day in the Town park, 24th February 2018.