We don't have any frogspawn at the moment but we saw our first newt today... very excited.
The wet week has brought on lots of the bulbs (and weeds).
Lovely to see so many people in the garden this afternoon... and even a new puppy, which is possibly why there were so many children in the garden.
We were nervous about waiting until Easter Monday to share cake - due to the dire weather forecast - so got a bit festive today instead/as well. Not many gardeners or regular tea drinkers. But lots of families (some running off the sugar rush from eating too much chocolate earlier on) - very nice to meet you all.
We had a lovely afternoon in the garden on Monday - with two new people joining in and old friends coming back to see us. One of us dug out a new raised bed and started to make the walls. Several of us cutting dogwood in the park and learning how to make hoops with it. We will use the hoops, of different sizes and colours at one of the local primary school's garden on Thursday and maybe at events later in the year. We tried but failed to make a bird for our throne nest with the dogwood but it isn't long, or flexible, enough for the armature we have started; we will need to find some willow instead...
Despite the threat of more cold weather, we decided to be cautiously optimistic and start to plant some seeds in our newly topped-up raised beds.
Our new terraced beds with some chives, red onion sets and various veg and herb seeds.
The pair of mallard ducks also had a pleasant afternoon on and next to the pond, until another drake came to visit - but he was quickly seen off.
We had a very productive day in the garden on Thursday. We had a big team from Community Payback, plus several Streets and Open Spaces staff, people dropping by and helping out. We planned to:
- Get some old paving slabs, found in the garden, laid perfectly by the club hut door so we can make a ramp for easier access;
- Start to prepare a base for a new storage shed, with the spare soil being used to top up the raised beds;
- Clean and re-varnish the benches and the picnic table;
- Start to prepare a meadow bed by the bare fence in the park.
We didn't plan to witness a massive fight in the pond from two drakes... or have sun so strong at least one person applied sunscreen. Quite a day.
Finally got around to updating the garden plan diagram - on version 25 now.
It made me realise how much we have done since the last one in September: new oak bench, new redcurrant bed, cordon and standard apple trees planted, new painted terraced raised bed, willow throne (almost done). And the usual maintenance of existing beds, plants and structures.
The meadow seeds will be ordered by Guy this week. We will try out a new perennial Pictorial meadow seed mix (Tuscan Hills) and re-sow three beds with another Pictorial Meadows annual mix. One of the beds we will convert into plants - and we have started digging that one over already.
Fingers crossed we get some reasonable gardening weather soon...