Vicky deserves to headline this week with the amazing obelisk structure she has built as a support for beans in the new vegetable beds. Vicky is making good progress in developing her version of Petit D’Orsan in Bridge’s garden.
Other activities this week included cutting back the Gunnera leaves and using the huge leaves to fold over the plant to protect the crown of the plant throughout the winter. Clare and Dawn worked on this task.
New box plants were also put around the tulip tree bed by the lawn. They were planted as bare root plants and should bulk out to provide a box tree hedge.
The fig tree by the summer house was also pruned. It had become very large with many of the branches getting tangled with the climbing roses. A few of the larger branches were taken out (not more than a third) and at least every other lateral branch was cut back to the first node and any old wood cut out. Julia K was very organised with this task as this photo demonstrates.
Other tasks included planting some more bulbs in pots, potting on dianthus cuttings, pruning gooseberry bushes and mulching the blackcurrants. A few vine weevils had to be evicted from the pots.
The wood from the tree that came down by the shed has been put to lots of use around the garden. Ally and Lil used a larger branch as edging for the bed.
And finally thanks again to Hilary for providing the most delicious cakes!