I know we haven't quite left the vestiges of winter behind but the crocuses are out, our wallflowers have come back to life, and our almond trees are just thinking about when to blossom - some tentative pink buds have already been seen on their previously bare branches. So between that and the fact that we are now officially in March, I think we can safely say - Spring in Sprung!
We haven't had snow or those bitterly cold frosty days in the garden this Winter but we certainly had plenty of rain ... and wind ... and dark miserable days. One of the saddest thing to see this year is how some of the fine old trees in the park have finally given up the ghost and toppled, worn out with the flooding. However, young trees in our Orchard are helping to replace them and the successfully grafted baby-trees (you can guess from my lack of technical lingo how experienced a gardener I am!) from our grafting workshop last year are doing well and are also helping to boost numbers.
And finally the months of mud are slowly giving way to some brighter days and the garden is ready for growth.
We have been busy sowing seeds in the polytunnel and this year we have also got some fantastic new cold frames which will help harden up the plants after all that mollycoddling under polythene.
If you haven't been up in while the far corner of the kitchen garden is also slowly being transformed with a series of raised beds. Not only will they give great structure to the garden they're also a great way to fully utilise this 'problem corner' and will be much easier for the gardeners to manage. We're about half way through this project at the moment and hope to be finished in time for planting up this year. If we get enough hardworking diggers up to help us, that is (hint hint).
Unfortunately our cherry trees have suffered this year with canker. This spread to all the trees and with heavy hearts we have had to remove all diseased cherry trees from the Orchard. However they will be replaced and considering how well most of our trees have settled in we will count our blessings that we still have such a fine collection.
Now is the time of year when things begin to pick up again and of course this also means that we need all the help we can get. We are so lucky to have so many fantastic members - over 80 of you at the moment! And the garden continues to thrive with a good gang turning up to each open session. But of course we are always looking to get you up to the garden more often. So come on back - get some fresh air and exercise and sunshine. We'll put the kettle on.
Just a reminder on opening times: Weds and Fridays between 2pm - 4pm and Sat and Sundays between 11am - 1pm.
See you soon,
Donna and the SCG Committee