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Phil Murray does a Coronavirus lockdown tidy up (COVID-19)

Shoot member Phil Murray takes advantage of extra time during the lockdown to give his WIndermere garden a haircut, and gets 10 builders bags of chippings in the process!

"Through the winter we have been working reasonably hard to give our Windermere garden a thorough haircut so we are ready for vigorous and decorous growth this spring and summer. This has resulted in two to three builders' bags a month of cuttings taken to the tip, with the accompanying nervousness that any minute the tip manager was going to challenge whether we were indeed a domestic user! 

Since the lockdown, our pace of clearance has increased, and in the last two weeks we must have produced 10 builders' bags full! But the tip is closed. What to do? 


Fortunately we had invested last year in a Bosch electric shredder and we have been able to reduce it all to compostable chippings. We now have four lovely compost bins rotting away to give us some lovely mulch in the future.

Compost bins

Shoot has been a great help identifying the plants in this garden we acquired two years ago and gradually migrating to an intelligent annual care programme."

Windermere Garden after a haircut

Plants in Phil's garden


Helleborus niger
Alchemilla mollis
Hosta 'Frances Williams' (sieboldiana)
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Nora Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Choisya ternata
Pieris 'Forest Flame'
Olearia macrodonta
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Primrose Beauty'
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'
Vinca minor f. alba 'Gertrude Jekyll'
Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple'
Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'
Cornus alba 'Sibirica'
Hosta sieboldiana 'Bressingham Blue'
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
Polystichum polyblepharum
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'
Salvia officinalis
Magnolia grandiflora
Mahonia x wagneri 'Undulata'
Cotoneaster atropurpureus 'Variegatus'
Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata'
Euonymus alatus
Hypericum 'Hidcote'
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva'
Berberis 'Georgei'
Primula veris
Geranium endressii 'Wargrave's Pink'
Hosta 'Wide Brim'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Red Ace'
Fascicularia bicolor
Rhododendron 'Cunningham's White'
Photinia davidiana 'Palette'
Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Zebonard'
Euonymus fortunei 'Blondy'
Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII'
Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Admiration'
Hosta 'August Moon'
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
Rhododendron 'Scarlet Wonder'
Rhododendron 'Germania'
Cotoneaster x watereri
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
Acer palmatum
Buddleja davidii 'Adonis Blue'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Geranium nodosum
Heuchera 'Marmalade'
Heuchera 'Lime Rickey'
Bergenia 'Autumn Magic'
Pinus mugo
Rhododendron 'Arabesk'
Viburnum tinus 'Lisarose'
Ceanothus 'Blue Cushion'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty'
Pulmonaria angustifolia 'Blaues Meer'
Euonymus (any evergreen variety)
Phormium (any variety)
Rhododendron (any hardy, evergreen variety)
Taxus baccata 'Summergold'
Skimmia japonica
Campanula betulifolia
Ribes sanguineum
Hypericum 'Magical Red Fame'
Rhododendron 'Harvest Moon'
Forsythia x intermedia 'Goldrausch'
Hydrangea paniculata
Erica carnea
Gaultheria procumbens 'Red Baron'
Helleborus (Rodney Davey Marbled Group) 'Pippa's Purple'
Hylotelephium (any compact variety)
Coreopsis 'UpTick Cream & Red' (UpTick Series)
Lythrum salicaria 'Lady Sackville'