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Syringa vulgaris and Moss Lawn healing garden

Syringa vulgaris

This week's seasonal task is potting on rooted Syringa vulgaris cuttings at Hipping Hall taken last autumn 2017. I took these cuttings from a rather sad looking lonesome Lilac tree which borders a moss lawn project I have been working on since spring 2017. 


Syringa vulgaris division of rooted cuttings

Syringa vulgaris rooted cuttings potting on

Syringa vulgaris in the cool end of the glass house

The cuttings were struck into a gritty compost mix comprising 2 parts compost to 1 grit sand by proportion, and then placed in the cool unheated end of the glasshouse. The Lilac cuttings were then placed outside in spring this year to initiate further root development, with the addition of an even air flow around the foliage of the cuttings as a preventative measure against any pests and diseases. 

The potted on Lilac cuttings are being grown on in the cool end of the glass house for the autumn/winter period to plant back into the border next to the moss lawn/healing garden project. This will take place summer 2019 

The moss lawn /healing garden project was an inspiration born out of a mix of gardening for the elderly, being a volunteer gardener for the NHS (ongoing), and a keen interest in Bryophytes, particularly in relation to Japanese style gardens.


Moss Lawn healing project

Close-up of moss

This style of garden creativity increases a sense of calm which enhances mental and physical well-being. The visitors' reactions at Hipping Hall are a mix. Those slightly thrown by this feature include comments such as, 'but I am trying to remove the moss from my lawn'. The main Bryophytes planted in this project are taken from the woodland area at Hipping Hall, from the woodland carpet, and also the dry stone walls that border the woodland. The moss is Polytrichum commune, unlike the mosses that normally reside in lawns. Since the spring of 2017 the individual clumps have doubled in size. Most visitors are very intrigued by the concept of the moss lawn/ healing garden, and some very interesting and positive comments have been expressed.

Kevin Line Posted by Kevin Line

Kevin is Head Gardener/Plantsman, Hipping Hall / Ryebeck Hotel, South Cumbria.  Kevin is also a member of Butterfly Conservation and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust as well as the Hardy Plant Society and  has contributed to the industry magazine Horticulture Week since summer 2013. He is the stand-in writer of Plant Focus.

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