During the Covid-19 restrictions and up to our open public garden weekend in April 2021, we were gifted 40 rhododendrons, both a mix of species and hybrids. We also purchased 25 new varieites of hydrangeas back in 2018 that were immediately propagated in readiness to plant this year.
Throughout 2021, we renovated the rear section of the gardens with the removal of 10 old variegated pittosprums and managed to plant at least 35 of the 40 rhododendrons and the 25 varieties of hydrangeas, bringing existing and new total plantings to 75 rhododendrons and 50 hydrangeas. There are still a further 5 rhododendrons to plant once more clearing work has been done. After the open garden weekend we also installed 55 off 1m diametre x 1.2m high steel plant guards to protect these plantings against wallabies and wombats. These guards will remain in place for the next two to three years.
Hopefully, some of these new plantings will be in flower for our spring public open garden weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of October.