09 April 2020
In my last post, I said we were planning to watch the gardens more closely, as we couldn’t work there. A couple of days later, I had a text telling me I was in the group that needs to stay at home for twelve weeks – so there won’t be any photos from me after all.
So let’s try it another way – if anyone’s going through the gardens during their daily exercise, please could you take a photo of anything that strikes you – something new that’s come into bloom or bees clustering round particular plants (like the perennial wallflower, Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ which flowers all year, even in January; bees love it).
I’d even like to see which seedlings are coming through, that’s what we were particularly hoping to watch – many of the best plants for bees have been self-seeded poppies, Californian poppies, phacelia, marigolds and others. They may include thistles, dandelions or groundsel – we don’t have too many perennial weeds in the beds, so I don’t see these annual wild flowers as a problem this year; it won’t take us long to restore order in a few months, so let’s leave them and just observe what really happens when the gardens are left to themselves.