I am fortunate enough to work in the horticultural trade and can get my hands on lots of pots, especially big ones from work. Luckily, left over from a job a couple of years ago are a reasonable number of big plastic troughs, approx 2 ft by 1.5 ft wide and deep with holes in the bottom. Being plastic this makes them relevantly light and durable. Having given the whole plant moving exercise some serious thought, putting them in larger containers, though heavy to move will be better for the plants in the long term. We don't know how long the house will take to sell and therefore how long the plants will be potted for.
|Fruit bush cuttings in the cold frame|
|Shrub cuttings in the greenhouse|
I have also found seedlings germinating of plants I want to take, so these have been potted up and put in the cold greenhouse to grow on. Angelica, Hellebores and Viola seedlings have all been potted up so far.
Then there are the ones I cant take with me: trees and shrubs that are too big to move or don't come from cuttings. So I have to leave them and will buy new ones for my new garden. Any gardener will know what it is like to become attached to plants, especially trees and shrubs which you have nurtured from seeds or young plants to mature specimens. Typically my Abies koreana that I grew from seed is having its first beautiful cones this year. I can't lift this plant: its over eight feet tall and six feet across, so it stays to hopefully give the new owners lots of pleasure for many years to come.
|After this afternoon in the garden, another six troughs are filled|
Today I spent a few hours digging up bits of all the plants around the house and patios and taking cuttings, making the most of a dry day. We also had a huge bonfire of rubbish out of the attic and David and the boys finished filling the potholes on the drive, both for our benefit and for anybody coming to view the house.