We carried on trimming the Wisteria along the wall behind the Library, and Julie offered to do some gentle weeding – but she pulled up rather more than she’d bargained for and nearly fell over backwards in her efforts to pull out these enormous roots!
Meanwhile, the Nottages busied themselves on the Ramparts: weeding, and dead-heading the Veronica to encourage a second flush of flowers.
We were delighted to see fruit appearing on the Quince! You’ll find it trained along the wall near the Library.
The Teasels are doing well this year and are standing proud by the entrance to the Library – which has recently opened its doors again since the Covid lockdown.
At last, more volunteers are returning to work in Old Hall Gardens!
It was Margaret’s first day back after a long absence, and we even had a new recruit: Beverly Tonkin. Both were busy cutting back the Cotoneaster alongside the library. Richard, meanwhile, was up the ladder cutting back the Wisteria.
It was high time for this area to be tackled: the Wisteria has been sending out its shoots in all directions and long seed pods are forming.
Having spent hours cutting the hedge last week, John felt compelled to tidy the edge of the grass below which now really stood out like an eyesore. This particular stretch has not been tackled for months and it was spreading over the path. As always, there’s still more to do another day.
We are still a long way from ‘normal’. Since March, we have been down to just two people working several mornings a week, compared to the usual group of 10-12 each Thursday. Recently Richard has managed to put in a few hours each week as well, which is great as he has the professional eye. And today we were delighted to see Glyn the photographer come to join us – he was happy to take over some grass cutting that Biga was struggling with, so she went back to weeding under the lime tree to free up the ferns.
John created a support for the shrub near our tool shed that had collapsed under its own weight. It is looking much happier now.
Richard was busy tidying up along the east wall, with Teasle never far behind!
And it was the first time we used the new strimmer.
It seems early to be cutting the hedge in mid-May but it was growing fast so John got busy and spent two long hot mornings trimming it back and sweeping up all the debris. A couple of days later the guys gardening for the adjoining children’s nursery kindly helped us cut the top down to the level of the fence. Some of the stems are now so thick they needed a saw!