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Strictly Come Planting

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Great day for our work party yesterday (Friday 16 March 2018) – it actually felt like spring.  What a difference a day makes as we are plunged back into winter with perishing easterly winds and frequent snow storms.

The photo shows us scattering wild flower seeds across an area by the repaired wall.  We thought we would take advantage of the soil disturbance caused by the work which included chopping down 2 sycamore trees.  The mix consisted of a range of meadow flowers which will give instant colour impact this summer, plus a butterfly / bee mix for longer term improvement of bio-diversity.  Some of our work has been lost or maybe just buried, but longer term, the loss of the sycamores is a real bonus.

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Volunteers at work, digging and preparing the ground for wild flower seeding and planting.

 

 

The rebuilt wall to the right – at least the broom survived, together with the wild flowers nearest the gate.

Once again we were blessed with sunshine, despite the forecast rain showers.  In addition to the seeds, we planted from various pots donated by locals – ox eye daisies for summer nectar source, evening primrose for late summer, foxgloves, native bluebells, garlic mustard (for Orange Tip), comfry (Scarlet Tiger) and primrose.

We didn’t manage to revisit the area at the junction with Westwood Avenue but have plenty of seeds and a few other plants to put in there in the near future.

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Further along the bridle path, by the hedge laid last year, this clump of celandine opened up in response to the sun, demonstrating the importance of this early flower as a source of nectar for emerging insects.  Celandine is profuse along the bridle path, one of the earliest spring flowers, it takes advantage of the lack of canopy cover.  The only patches in flower are on the east side of the path.

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Beastly encounter at ‘Russian vine’ bank

Further along at ‘Russian vine’ bank, there is promise of flowers to come.  In many places along the bridle path, there is a mix of wild flowers and garden discards.  There were plenty of ladybirds amongst the greenery.  The spider shown above looks to have evil intent – it did keep disappearing as I tried to snap this group.

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Plenty of new growth and buds on the hedgerow trees planted 2 years ago.

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Spring blossom on the trees along the cemetery wall, Roman Road.

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Meanwhile the wildlife garden pond is full of frog spawn.  The frogs have been busy this week, a bit later than in previous years.  Let’s hope the weekend cold snap doesn’t freeze the results of their efforts.

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Looking forward to a blooming good summer!

 

 

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