Foxgloves are out - and some other updates

Photo from a week or so ago - they are looking even better now

Photo from a week or so ago - they are looking even better now

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.


Beautiful blossom on the Whitebeam trees inside the bowling green but also extending into the main park

Beautiful blossom on the Whitebeam trees inside the bowling green but also extending into the main park

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.


There has been so much growth of grass and hedge that we lost sight of our bumblebee nest pots - two uncovered so far

There has been so much growth of grass and hedge that we lost sight of our bumblebee nest pots - two uncovered so far

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.


The sunflowers (seeds from a local allotment) should reach abut 6ft and be multi-stemmed and red. We are waiting to get a longer piece of chain so we can attach them to bamboo canes up the chained hatracks.

The sunflowers (seeds from a local allotment) should reach abut 6ft and be multi-stemmed and red. We are waiting to get a longer piece of chain so we can attach them to bamboo canes up the chained hatracks.

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.


Fantastic growth for a first year. We won't crop this year to help the roots get established

Fantastic growth for a first year. We won't crop this year to help the roots get established

Our rhubarb is growing really well and looks great after a good weed.


This is a really exciting photo of our new butterfly corner - but is the result of a lot of hard work by at least four people...

This is a really exciting photo of our new butterfly corner - but is the result of a lot of hard work by at least four people...

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.


A young crabapple tree, grown from a pip (I think - I must check), donated as a bare root by a community gardener in Nottingham. We have been growing it on since the very early spring and it is looking healthy. The trees are common in Nottingham streets - decorative - and he finds the fruit very good as a base for cider making. We are going to call it Ray, after his newborn son. There is a scheme in Cambridge for people to plant trees for newborns so we thought it was quite appropriate. It is the only tree we are planting over the summer - we probably have just enough water to keep it alive.

A young crabapple tree, grown from a pip (I think - I must check), donated as a bare root by a community gardener in Nottingham. We have been growing it on since the very early spring and it is looking healthy. The trees are common in Nottingham streets - decorative - and he finds the fruit very good as a base for cider making. We are going to call it Ray, after his newborn son. There is a scheme in Cambridge for people to plant trees for newborns so we thought it was quite appropriate. It is the only tree we are planting over the summer - we probably have just enough water to keep it alive.

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.