Several months after the severe cold winter snaps the garden has responded quickly and having feared the loss of the bananas, cannas and gingers we were delighted to see green shoots as soon as the weather warmed up. Now the bananas are four feet high and looking good.
The tree ferns have also produced new fresh fronds and enjoy plenty of water
The chain ferns are much slower recovering but they are starting to grow. Hopefully there will be some new fronds before the NGS weekend in July.
Blue is the colour at the moment and the masses of flowers are magnets for bees.
The very small campanula bee is recorded here. At around 5 mm long it is a delight to watch as it flies from one flower to another. At the end of the day it is often possible to see several of these bees in one flower where they spend the night in safety.
|Red-tailed Bumble Bee|
|Bees huddled in the flower|
|ornamental Banana plant|
The ornamental banana plant is thriving in the warm weather and grows a new leaf each week. The decorative canna alongside it has a matching design.
The herb bed is doing well and the thyme attracts many bees to the small purple flowers
|The potato crop is doing well.|
|The rambling rose has produced many flowers this year|
The ox-eye daisies were grown from seed three years ago and this year they have flowered well.
The garden group meet most sunday afternoons and are always looking for extra hands. Even just mowing the grass would help at this busy time. The children use the garden at this time of year enjoying outdoor lessons in the willow classroom and a chance to be with nature- be it a bug hunt or pond dipping!