school garden

school garden

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

"Respect for ourselves guides our morals....

while respect for others guides our manners"

Laurence Sterne (1713-68)
Irish novelist and clergyman

The garden group have been working hard over the past week to get the garden ready for the NGS weekend which is creeping up on us fast!  The grass has been cut and edges trimmed but of course some wild areas of grass have been left for invertebrates.

The Aeolian wind pipes have had a make over

Around the Jurassic garden the plants are doing well.  The tree ferns are needing regular watering in this hot weather and the chain ferns below  benefit from this

Tree ferns and giant Chain ferns

Our Tetrapanax is growing well

The banana plants enjoying the warmer weather

This Salvia is flowering earlier

The Ginko tree now two years old is also growing well
In the World War 2 garden the potato patch and the broad beans are thriving although there is a little blackfly appearing on the broad beans.

The WW2 vegetable garden

The honeysuckle on the fence is a mass of colour and scent

Mrs Legg's flower bed has had a makeover and the plants trimmed and cut back and a couple of new small fuchsias have been planted

Mrs Legg's flower bed
The pond has been overtaken by duckweed and it is very hard to get on top of it.  A little looks fine but we do not want it carpeting the pond!

The pond and established flower bank
The purple loosestrife is looking good at the moment and the water figwort.  A water avens is also in flower and looks a little like a large buttercup.  This plant needs watching though or else it might take over!

Both Emperor and Migrant Hawker dragonflies have been seen lately, a Comma butterfly on the verbena and a humming bird hawk moth on the geums.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Migrant Hawker


The garden is open to the public July 22nd and July 23rd.  It will be well sign posted. In 2016 proceeds from NGS gardens which opened right across the country raised some £2.7 million pounds for various charities. Opening times from 13.00 to 17.00 on both days.  Refreshments available.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

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