Remember, remember, – today is the day to work in colleagues’ gardens. So, this Friday, it was a case of hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work we go, but not at Garden House. One group met in Brighton and one in Newhaven
The Brighton team’s brief was firstly to find the garden…It was a bit of a puzzle.
Through a little gap, and down some steep steps…
Find a gate…
…and walk into a magical space full of greenery
and a lovely view
On a steep slope too! Amazing, and not a little challenging
All sorts of levels had been created by the (strong and feisty) owner, who had also laid brick patios, built steps and was now preparing to set to work with a new toy…
Unsurprisingly, we found this a little intimidating, and had to sit down for a moment or two
Equilibrium recovered; then there was no stopping us
Our task (and we chose to accept it) was to clear a bed, remove weeds and replant with bulbs and plants appropriate to the site. Most plants were removed and placed in a holding area
These paddling pools come in so handy
We disturbed some of the hidden wildlife
A slow worm
A fast newt
And a toad which was hopping mad
We frightened a dragon, who went into hiding
And discovered oodles of oozy snails
Remaining shrubs were given a trim and tidy up. Some pots were emptied and filled with compost ready for bulbs. And a vine was unearthed and its roots traced back to New Zealand.
Of course, cakes featured. As per.
It would have been rude not to
Spurred on by the sugar rush, work continued…
Then it was time to leave and return to the outside world once again
Were we ever there?
Indeed we were – the owner kindly said it was a month’s worth of gardening done in a day!
Meanwhile, in a garden far, far away…. in the midst of a mist of Miscanthus
lay another magical space
with a very excellent greenhouse
and a keen workforce eager to get going
They know the rules…
there are bulbs to plant
in beds and boxes
Beds to weed and plant
Here’s the shrub hub
(It works every time)
And always gets a good response
Seedlings to pot on
Keep them in the greenhouse until they are rooted and established
There are cuttings to be taken. These are of Helichrysum italicum
Narcissus bulbs planted and topped off with gravel to deter the darling little squirrels. If this fails, flame throwers will be brought in. Available at all good garden centres.
Another golden day
Thank you so much to both our wonderful hosts. It was a lot of fun.
Next Friday, it’s back to base at Garden House