Despite being December it is still very mild this year. In the garden there are many signs that plants are still growing and thriving in the unseasonal temperatures.
|The Tree ferns are still thriving|
|The growing point of the Gunnera plant- an unusual pink|
|A view of the Chain ferns, Pseudopanax and Tree Fern.|
|New shoots on the Helianthus- in December!|
|The leaves have gone but the Kiwi fruits hang on!|
Wildlife too, is still evident. A casual wander around produced a Buff-tailed Bumble-bee, a Harvestman ( not a true spider) and a 'Marmalade' Hoverfly. The hoverfly was very late and basking on an Echium leaf.
|Harvestman - not a true spider|
As the term ends this week for the Christmas break it was only fitting that the Jurassic garden should join in the fun. Our two resident dinosaurs were quick off the mark. Those teeth do not look quite so formidable under the cover of a seasonal red hat!
The garden group would like to wish staff, pupils and our friends next door at Gracewell House a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year and we hope to see you all in the garden next Spring armed with packets of seeds and plants!