Blooming hot!

DZG gardeners have come up with some tips to keep floral arrangements looking blooming beautiful during this long hot summer.

Gardener Paul Durber, who waters the site’s hanging baskets and urn arrangements once a day, says dead-heading and watering the centre of the basket’s soil are key.

Paul, who has worked at Dudley Zoo for 38 years, said: “We like to keep the floral arrangements looking lovely for our visitors and making sure water fully soaks into the soil of the basket is important.

“We also take the dried heads of dead flowers to encourage more blooms and keep them looking attractive. It’s always nice when visitors compliment us on our plants and baskets.”

At the beginning of June the gardening team put in more than 1,500 French marigolds, pelargoniums, salvias and cordylines in the formal borders near the medieval castle walls as part of their summer planting programme.

They also added shrubs near the turnstile entrance and plants to borders around the base of the chairlift.

Great gardening chaps!