Willow circle and other things

It has been a busy time in the garden since the Funpalace:

We have been focusing on making a new living willow circle structure - now almost complete, apart from the living willow. We need to wait until about December to plant the willow, when it has lost its leaves and can be moved. We hope to have enough in a local allotment. So far, we have made three hazel-pole arches with hazel poles between.

Making the willow circle. The decorative hoops are from park dogwood and allotment willow. The straw bales inside it are very popular with children. One of them said yesterday that 'the tent was too hot', so maybe we need to add air conditioning.

Making the willow circle. The decorative hoops are from park dogwood and allotment willow. The straw bales inside it are very popular with children. One of them said yesterday that 'the tent was too hot', so maybe we need to add air conditioning.

We have been doing a lot of bulb planting recently, with bulbs rescued from council roundabouts - thanks to Grant and Tony for bringing them to us! Look out for hyacinths, daffodils, narcissus and tulips.

We have been doing a lot of bulb planting recently, with bulbs rescued from council roundabouts - thanks to Grant and Tony for bringing them to us! Look out for hyacinths, daffodils, narcissus and tulips.

We have also planned for some fruit trees, which we will order soon and plant from December.

We have planted up two new beds by the water tower - one for clematis and a shadier one.

And the leaves are falling fast, which meant lots of moving of two-year old leaf mould to make way for the new season's harvest.

One of our unplanned activities - rescuing thin hedgehogs. He is being cared for by Shepreth hedgehog hospital volunteers now. 28 October update: he is recovering in the hospital from just about every kind of parasitic infection going (about the hospital, including how to support them).

One of our unplanned activities - rescuing thin hedgehogs. He is being cared for by Shepreth hedgehog hospital volunteers now. 28 October update: he is recovering in the hospital from just about every kind of parasitic infection going (about the hospital, including how to support them).

It is also a time of year for 'taking down'... including climbing beans, courgettes and rhubarb. But this makes space for mulching and moving and re-thinking.

We found a burrow, which we think might be from a visiting rabbit. We really don't want rabbits in the garden or we won't have many flowers. We hope they can read. I confused a child with my spelling - he couldn't work out what a 'wabbit' was. His father said they had long ears, so now he thinks we have hares in the garden.

We found a burrow, which we think might be from a visiting rabbit. We really don't want rabbits in the garden or we won't have many flowers. We hope they can read. I confused a child with my spelling - he couldn't work out what a 'wabbit' was. His father said they had long ears, so now he thinks we have hares in the garden.