Good to see budding artists and marine biologists at work in the park….

Street art: Octopus

Street art: Octopus . a future marine biologist

The proposed bed for the memorial garden, designed by one of our members, has been implemented by the council. The laurels were removed and the roots grubbed out by FoHP and the Council two years ago. This year FoHP dug the bed and sowed an annual wild flower mix from Landlife and this has flowered wonderfully. The council have now laid the paths and over the autumn we will fill in the new beds with insedt friendly mixes of annuals and perennials.

The new paths

Paths for the new bed.

Paths for the new bed

Paths for the new bed

Council worker getting stuck in

Council workers helping out with the chippings: Thanks Jane !

A splendid days gardening saw 14 of us out for Sunday Morning., with a good clearout of the Sunderland Street entrance. You might notice fewer weeds and the roses dead headed, but also a transplanting of several white Borage plants which should come into flower soon. These have reseeded themselves from last year.

And You all will have noticed the demise of the Pine tree , Pinus wallichiana, near the entrance. It came down on Saturday afternoon, and a note to fix my streetsaw it taped off straight away, and the council removed it very tidily on Monday morning. It had been badly attacked by fungi then by insect borers, and now provides a stool.

We have started to record insects in a more systematic manner. The link is here, under the natural world/ animals /insects from the main menu – do feel free to mail your observations to us. I hope to automate this at some stage.

Jersey Tiger Moth, Euplagia quadripunctaria

Jersey Tiger Moth, Euplagia quadripunctaria

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum ( probably)

Hornet Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria

Hornet Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria

Thanks to the  awareness of one of our members, Fiona,  we have a range of new tools for the Park obtained from  the generosity of people on local donation sites  who have them to spare. Now we have a wider range of hand tools for all to come out and garden next time 🙂

A splendid morning’s work was completed in glorious sunshine. Sunderland Street, which has had new Cornus bushes planted, donated by the council, was mulched, weeded and watered. The rest of us spent time in the Memorial Garden  weeding and watering. Goose grass and Bindweed are the worst of course, Many plants are   flowering at the moment and here are a few photographs of some of them.  But look out for the Wedding Cake Tree in the Memorial Garden. The Dragon flies have emerged : we have a splendid Broad Bodied Chaser patrolling the pond as well as smaller damselflies.

Lilium martagonNew RoseWater LiliesGeranium pyreniacum and Forget-me-not

Iris foetidissima

The Yorkshire Iris

We had a splendid day gardening on the last day of April ( an extra as the first weekend in May is occupied  by another  event )  the weather has warmed up. An excellent turnout with  a new member gardening,  and another member signed up meant that we almost caught up with the tasks.  The pond has been planted with new water-lilies, irises and marginals  with a generous donation from a member, and the planters have been redone with Calla lilies as centre pieces.

We will be planting a Coronation Tree in the Sunderland Street entrance to replace the holly which was stripped by the falling poplar  last year.

And finally , the AGM was held in March and the minutes are on the wabsite, as is the Forward Plan, agreed buy the Heritage Parks Team and FoHP:  we have already completed some of the tasks !

May Colour

May Colour

The first February gardening session was devoted to preparing the beds and pruning. The second session followed up the work of the council removing laurels in the memorial garden in preparation for a new bed which one of our committee members has designed.  The council have also been getting on well with the pruning of the roses on the pergola. Elsewhere  the volunteers cut back more of the herbaceous perennials and pruned the roses in the Sunderland street entrance as well as the Memorial Garden, and worked on the middle entrance in Henrietta road.  12 people were out

We will be having a meeting with the Council  in early March to discuss a forward plan for the year.


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Glorious weather has  brought out the first spring flowers. The little  petticoat Narcissus, Narcissus bulbocodium and the native  Daffodil, Narcissus pseodonarcissus, are out, along with the first of the spring narcissi. The Winter Aconites, that Simon the gardener planted some years ago are now doing well, and the snowdrops and crocus are doing well at the moment.  Two trees are flowering : the winter cherry  at the north entrance, and the delightful wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox in the memorial garden. Catch the scent while it is out.

Chimonanthus praecoxNarcissus pseudonarcissusCrocus tomasinianusAconites

Happy New Year, Everyone.

Now, while some of you were recovering from yesterday evening’s celebrations ( you know who you are, and so do we…) the rest  of us  were out sweeping the paths, clearing the pond and filters, pruning the Hydrangeas,  and getting on with the removal of laurels. More forget-me-nots were transplanted, and some of last year’s bulbs  put in so as not to waste them.  A bright, dry,  sunny morning was enjoyed by all 11 of us and lots of visitors in the park. See if you can catch the scent of the Chimonanthes praecox: it will be fully out soon.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday

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