By Stephen Duff
Hello, my friends, welcome to Springtime in Melbourne. It feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel, regarding vaccinations and a more permanent, stable road ahead coming out of lockdowns.
Occasionally on my walks, I’ll pass through Fitzroy Gardens on the outskirts of the city. Just recently, l noticed that they’ve planted their Spring displays. I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos and after speaking to a staff member I learned a thing or two about all the work that goes into creating this stunning display. Here’s some information about this year’s display with many thanks to Melanie from Melbourne Council for her help in obtaining this insightful information… I hope you enjoy it!
- 22,100 seedlings were planted along with 5000 tulips.
- The planting features a border of yellow Pansy, with a mass planting of mixed coloured Polyanthus, along with strong drift plantings of gold Tulips throughout.
- The planting palette selected was chosen as a bright and cheery introduction to Spring.
- The floral beds cover an area of approximately 600 square meters.
- The preparation of the beds/soil works took 140 working hours.
- The marking out of the beds (design) and planting, including tulips and polyanthus took a total of 304 working hours to complete.
- The planting was completed with a team of 4 staff for a period of two weeks.
Cheers from Stephen!
Ps: hope you enjoy the pics taken from my phone…