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The Hospital Bed 2008
The Hospital Bed Project:
In January 2006, the Tetbury in Bloom Team started work on the Hospital bed. Situated on quite a steep slope under a tree, we decided to move its location further down the slope and change the shape from a semi circle to a long lozenge shape.
Before the makeover, this bed was planted with carpet style bedding of Busy Lizzies
Once the bed was ready to plant the theme ‘Soft & Fluffy’ was chosen using a calming colour scheme of pink, mauve & white.
Sustainable plants included French lavenders, aquilegias, cistus, heucheras and silver leafed salix enhanced with pink and white cosmos with its soft feathery foliage, pink and white bellis and pink begonias provided all summer colour.
The Hospital bed, in its first Summer, 2006
In 2007 the ‘soft & fluffy’ theme was not so apparent but more perennials including white penstemon, pink and mauve linaria together with pink marguerites, begonias and antirrhinums were planted.
In 2008 the bed changed its identity further to a more spiky and structured look with the introduction of the kniphofia “Tetbury Torch” which was developed at our local Close Nursery.
Despite the changes we made, the bed still failed to achieve that ‘WOW’ factor that so many of the other beds in the town have developed. We therefore enlarged the back of the bed to make it a softened triangular shape and introduced yellow choisya and golden euonymus which have been so successful in the Braybrooke Close bed.
In Autumn 2012 we added several hundred crocus bulbs with the intention of extending the spring display of tulips and daffodils. This worked very well.
In 2013 we changed the shape of the bed at the Malmesbury end so when you travel along Newnton Road from Malmesbury into Tetbury you have a wider view of the bed. That has worked very successfully.
By the end of 2019 two of the five large choisyas that had dominated the bed over the past few years had started to die. Fired up with the success of taking out all the large shrubs in the roundabout, in early 2020, we decided that it was time to give the hospital a similar make-over. All five of the choisyas were removed leaving huge spaces where the shrubs had been. Unfortunately the first of the Covid-19 lockdowns then came into force and we had to leave the bed until late May when the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted sufficiently to allow us to plant the bed.
The plan, like the roundabout, was to create a more floral look to the bed using long flowering perennials e.g. erodiums, the kniphofia ‘Tetbury Torch’, heucheras, penstemons and sedum. In June we added in antirrhinums and geraniums to give it just that extra splash of colour and to fill the large areas of soil in between the young plants.
In autumn, several hundred spring flowering bulbs were added to the bed especially in the areas where the large shrubs had been and in Spring 2021, the results were just as we hoped for!
The bed during the summer months.
After all the large shrubs had been removed, they were replaced with long flowering perennials, geraniums and antirrhinums