Thursday 20th April 2017 Weather report for 9 a.m.

9C, overcast, SW wind 8 mph.

Tasks undertaken today:

Jill, Rosemary, Chris and Eunice weeded the Fern Border. Trudi cleared some Crocosmia from the circular bed in the Winter Garden. Dick weeded and edged part of the Cherry Bowl, Sue removed brambles and ivy and Terry cut back a Sycamore tree in preparation for a new shrub border not far from the Walled Garden. Ania worked in the Autumn Border, transplanting Ajuga, digging and weeding a patch of ground and transplanting Sedum ‘Brilliant’, Arne watered recently planted shrubs and perennials, and Catherine planted Kniphofia ‘Brimstone’. Yesterday Don was working in the garden, tidying the Yellow Border.

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Thursday 13th April 2017 weather report:

11C this morning and a cool north-westerly wind, mostly cloudy.

Tasks for today:

Fourteen volunteers arrived to help with spring maintenance and tidying of the flower borders. It was time to remove last year’s wizened leaves from the gunnera by the pond, to weed the fern border, to mow some of the grass, to trim the edges of the red borders, and to clear brambles from near the fence.

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Finally got around to a much overdue “technical” update for the website!

There is absolutely no change to the content, but all parts of the website have been updated to bring the underlying technical aspects up to more modern standards.  The general styling of the site is also unchanged, although a few things may look slightly different due to the new software that runs behind the scenes.

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Well, summer is over, and the Autumn term has begun at the University.

We have had six open days so far, each day raising an average of £700. An excellent achievement. There has been lots of praise for the garden, both for its looks and content. The Committee is determined that this will continue.

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This autumn and winter the weather was generally mild and dry until just before Christmas. In the Autumn we have the routine of cutting and cleaning which has gratifying results. The scrub around many trees has gone, replaced by meticulous bark circles, courtesy of Lynda and Dick. Clearance in the Jungle, its extended pathway and many areas formerly overrun with brambles has been carried out mainly by Terry and Sue.

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(from David Hewitt, a member of the committee of the Friends of the Harris Garden)

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It is the first weekend of Spring… and snow is falling. Despite the cold, grey Winter there have been volunteers in the Garden every week.  On Thursday there is an average of 12 people.  On many other days volunteers come in to do specific tasks. Students have helped Pete on Wednesdays. Volunteers continue to make labels. Digitalis seeds are being germinated to be planted later.

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