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.

Meet the volunteers:

Everyone was ready to down tools at eleven a.m. and take a half-hour tea break in front of the shed. From left to right: Chris, Eunys, Dick, Linda, Jill, Pat.
volunteers

 

Anya enjoying a mug of tea after mowing the grassvolunteer

 

What’s looking good in the Harris Garden just now?

The Cherry Circle has been looking magnificent this past week. Senior Gardener Pete and volunteers Linda and Dick have put in a huge amount of work over the past year to clear brambles, prepare the ground and establish a second circle of flowering Japanese cherry trees.
Cherry circle

 

The white stars of the Magnolia stellata shrubs in the Woodland Border:
woodland border

 

The Fothergilla shrubs in the Autumn Border, with blooms rather like bottle brushes:
Fothergilla

 

We’ll be back in the Harris Garden at 9. 30 a.m. next Thursday 20th April. Hope to see you there!

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