The foxglove plants that the Botanic garden gave us are in splendid flower - mostly white or white with spots with the odd pink or pink-flushed one. They are proving very popular - so we must get some seeds in trays soon for next year.
The Swedish whitebeam trees at the back of the club hut are in full flower too. During the day they hum with visiting honeybees and also drop cream-coloured petals in our tea.
The volunteers have been very busy - taming the grass and editing the weeds. We have frequent discussions about which of last year's meadow plants we want to keep and where. Some of the flowering ones can compete with the new plants and seeds we have started this year - but they also can look lovely. But we also have masses of thistles and dandelions and some perennial weeds that came in with the ditch-filling top soil.
We have had few problems with slugs - the sunflowers are doing well and are often the first to go. We wonder if it is because we have frequent hedgehog visitors. A park user told us of watching hedgehogs scampering across the main park at dusk, near the basketball court.
Our rhubarb is growing really well and looks great after a good weed.
We have been working on two out of at least three new beds recently. It is hard work converting them from established turf to bare earth in the full sun.
We have planted two donated redcurrants in a new bed - with a crabapple tree in between. They have been sitting in pots and we thought the'd be happier in the ground. We might move them later on.