Careful weeding under the Wisteria has allowed a mass of self-seeded poppies from last year to come through. A bit more weeding today should give them space to grow further.
Glyn took time out from his arduous grass cutting to capture some images of the pond. It looks stunning!
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.
While John was busy hedging, Biga took on another seemingly never-ending task: that of weeding the path through the Dragon Garden.
We felt encouraged by the many comments of appreciation that we get from people walking through the gardens in what is still a very strange time for us all.
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!
On Friday 22 May we crept into the tool shed as usual so as not to startle the baby blackbirds. All was quiet. No sign of a parent. And then we realised that the birds had gone! On checking the nest, all four fledglings had successfully flown into the world!
We are leaving the best for now, just in case they decide to have a second brood.
We have had to top up the pond for the second time this year and it’s only mid-May! The Yellow Flag Iris is enjoying the sunshine, now that it has plenty of water.
There was a faint tweeting of little chicks as we entered the tool shed. Later, when Mother Blackbird had left the nest in search of food, we were delighted to see that all four eggs have hatched!
The Wild garlic near the two South gates has been filling the April air with its strong aroma.
Take a stroll through Old Hall Gardens with one of our volunteers, Glyn Evans. You may be familiar with his name as photographer for the local Gem newspaper. Below are his pictures of the garden in late April.