The work on the Sunderland Street Entrance has been slow, but after 18 months since the loss of the poplar, we have planted a new rose bed with donations from our Councillors and the Council, and   Weigela, Cornus,  Sarcocca, Heuchera and Alchemilla  from the Friends.

Still more  to do as we want to trim the holly and replant the Rowan in the autumn, but we are getting there.

Well done everyone last Sunday

Rose beds.

Work in progress

We had a splendid little gathering of our members and friends for the Platinum Jubilee

The tree is doing well with all the sunshine.

 

In lieu of Royalty, Our Councillors unveil the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tree

Platinum Party : the Chair

Platinum Party

Platinum Party

After a long dry period we are now having a nice series of showers which will keep the Memorial Garden at its best. Here are a selection what is to be seen  at the moment. We will be out gardening  on Sunday  29 in preparation for the Jubilee weekend –  we are just having a photo opportunity  on the 2nd at 11 am  round the Jubilee tree.

Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden

Iris sibirica

Iris sibirica

Fragaria moschata

Fragaria moschata

Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima

Geranium pyrenaicum

Geranium pyrenaicum

You may have noticed the new tree in the Park.  One of our Friends has donated a Cedar of Lebanon  complimenting our other two cedars, the Atlas and the Deodar, as  the Jubilee tree. It has just been  included in the Queen’s Green Canopy as part of the   Jubilee celebrations.

Jubilee tree : Queen's Green Canopy

Our certificate from the Platinum Jubilee Organisation

The council gardeners  have completed the first grass cut of the year  and  the Parks Dept told us that they had 20 more roses for us. We picked them up on Friday and planted them this morning, mostly in  the Sunderland Street Entrance, but 5 were put in the original rosebed in the Memorial Garden.

We have an offer of a scented climbing rose to climb into the Poplar stume which we will take up this week. It will take a few years  more, but the  entrance is slowly combing back to life.

April 3 Gardening

April 3 Gardening

Today the park was used as  a venue for a geography field trip for a school from Wales.  They were  exploring the environmental utility of   several sites in Bath,  describing  wildlife, housing density,  usage,  pollution estimates etc.   They also had lunch in the sun …

School Geography Field Trip

School Geography Field Trip

A glorious day today,  the  18th. Last week the gardeners finished pruning the trellis roses and wisteria  for the splendid show  in a couple of months time. They also  deep edged the flower beds  in the Memorial Garden which the  volunteers had weeded.  They also cleared out the wood from the compost compound, completing much of the work that Keith has been splendidly doing over the last year.  This time last year we could not get into the compound for prunings, clippings and branched. Now we have access to excellent compost for the beds.  Sunderland street received attention with the gaunt Holly being cut further back,  a couple of spotted laurels removed before being replaced with  two Wiegela  donations, and the planting of 6 Cornus bushes both for  the autumn colour of their stems and for the variegated leaves and flowers.

Elsewhere the Winter cherry has almost finished but our Yoshino Cherry by  the north entrance is coming into full bloom  as is the Magnolia stellata and the  weeping cherry. Narcissi are everywhere  at the moment and the first fritillaries are just coming out. And the first Brimstone of the year in the park was sighted today.

Yoshino Cherry

Yoshino Cherry

Narcissi

Narcissi at the Henrietta Mews Entrance

Thanks to everyone who came out on Sunday morning to help clear up the debris.   The fallen Asiatic Birch  was moved off the path and everything was cleared and   put into stick stacks. A very good couple of hours work from everyone. Have a good rest this afternoon 🙂

good couple of hours work from everyone

We have lost one tree after the storm, the Asiatic Birch planted in 1985 for the Tobin Family.  We thought that this had died last year, and it appears that this was so.  A substantial branch fell from the Arizona Cypress in the Memorial Garden and there are fallen  branches throughout the park.   We have however come off quite lightly under the circumstances, probably because of our relatively sheltered site.  We will have to clear up on Sunday 20th if the weather permits.

Cupressus arizonica

Cupressus arizonica

E02 Asiatic Birch

E02 Asiatic Birch

E02 Asiatic Birch

E02 Asiatic Birch

Pond Pump Discussion

Pond Pump Discussion

FoHP and the Parks department had a meting to discuss the pond pumps and the electrics. No special  work is needed from an electrical point of view and we have agreed to proceed with plans to modernise the filtration and pumping syste.

A surprisingly clear day meant that  a good deal of gardening was completed  in the Memorial Garden and by the Mews Entrance. The soil is being riddled in the composting  compound and it looks splendidly rich. Barrow loads are now  being spread on the rose beds  .

And here are three currently flowering herbaceous plants

Galanthus nivalis, Snowdrops

Galanthus nivalis, Snowdrops

Eranthus hyemalis

Eranthus hyemalis, Winter aconite

Crocus thomasinianus

Crocus thomasinianus

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