Jimi Blake's 'Plant Person Course'
15 May 2011 16:06:24
Yesterday I was at Jimi Blake's 'Plant Person Course'. I would just like to say again what an absolutely brilliant course it is. It is for the self-taught, like me, and the RHS qualified, like many others on the course. It is just brilliant and I am not looking forward to next year when I can't go there once a month any more :(
Yesterday we spent the morning at Huntingbrook. The aralias are leafing up and beginning to look great. Rodgersia podophylla is looking fab with swathes of Primula 'Miller's Crimson' but the pièce de résistance was Jimi's placing of Arisaema nepenthoides with Euphorbia 'Fern Cottage'! Our Deborah Begley was mentioned as 'the person' for buying arisaemas from.
In the afternoon we went to Kilmacurragh - the other Botanic Garden - and listened to a packed talk by Seamus O'Brien.
I am not interested in meadows but, before long, I was enthralled by tales of using the semi-parasitic yellow rattle to weaken the grass, in preparation for a more diverse culture. He talked about so much - from the Cromwellian origins of the house to the Robinsonian style of planting and it was all interesting.
I loved the Broadwalk, built in the 1800's to be wide enough for two ladies, in full dress, to walk side by side. Yesterday it was carpeted by rhodo blossom. I marvelled at the single Cryptomeria tree that is as wide as a forest and the Athrotaxus that lives much longer than redwoods. We saw enormous lime trees in rows, clipped into neat Tillia hedging for 150 years but then allowed to do their own thing. I even saw Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, growing outdoors and some Primulas which germinated after 70-80 years when the earth was churned and their seed awakened. And I can't even remember the half of what I was told.
Anyway, it was a great day and I have uploaded two albums of photos. Check out the amazing Rhododendrom vaseyi but shooting right up to the top of my 'wish list' is Podophyllum pleianthum!