Head Gardener’s Blog – Powerscourt Gardens

Head Gardener’s Blog – Powerscourt Gardens

Head Gardener’s Blog – Powerscourt Gardens

Greetings from a snowy Powerscourt!

After last night’s snow, the first task that lay before us this morning was to clear the snow from the roads and foot paths throughout the estate and get everything ready for our visitors today. Despite the blustery and cold weather of late, spring has arrived in the gardens, and some colour is most welcome after the long winter months!

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The daffodils have arrived early; indeed the first daffodil appeared here on 9th January along the Rhododendron Walk.  The daffs have slowly started coming up around the gardens. The snowdrops are a little late this year and are just coming up now while the spring crocuses are also making an appearance.

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There is plenty to keep the gardening team at Powerscourt busy during the early months of spring. Here are just some of the jobs we are working at now:

Crown raising the trees in the gardens to establish and develop good specimens and help with mowing underneath the trees.

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Cutting back the laurel in the gardens in the Killing Hollow, Japanese Garden and Rhododendron Walk.

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Monitoring the winter bedding plants and seeing how they are coming along.

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Raking the leaves and mulching them for compost.

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Using crushed granite chips from a local quarry to dress the paths in the gardens.

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Cleaning the statuary such as Triton, the Lacoon, Belvedere, Diana and Apollo.

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I hope some of you can make my guided walk to celebrate the Tulip Festival on 12th April. For more information, visit our website www.powerscourt.ie/events

Michael Byrne, Head Gardener at Powerscourt Gardens 

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