gardenSelma has been out in the garden looking out for signs of spring and talking to Bill. Here is her report:
Our front of house garden and entrance continue to provide a welcoming aspect. All is neat and tidy and power-washed!
A new pathway has been laid from the car park into the Activity Centre, which now provides a steady entrance for wheelchairs, walking sticks and even baby prams. Wooden posts and light reflectors line the pavement and more parking spaces are to be created outside the Activity Centre by utilising the redundant garden bed overlooking the Hall Barn Estate.
There has been much planting of perennial plants on our west-facing border with the Hall Barn Estate meadows, which should give a great display this summer. We have been given a lot of these plants by Mrs Chenery’s daughter and we thank her very much for her support and generosity. The decking of our sitting area has been jet-washed and is ready to be stained. The woodland garden remains an ongoing project. Hours of hard work have gone into clearing leaf mulch and holly branches. We can now see the wonderful curved trunk of our protected yew tree. Well-established daffodils, snowdrops, primroses and crocuses have begun to pop up and soon we shall see the spectacular sight of 2,000 bluebell and daffodil bulbs which were planted last au
tumn. The lawn was mown last week in between the rain and the frost. The garden bed between the woodland area and the summerhouse, which had a large-scale planting of rhododendrons, cordylines and hellebores is developing nicely and is worth a look. Unfortunately the sycamore tree next to the summerhouse is slowly sinking and is, therefore, raising the paving slabs. We are reviewing the necessary action bearing in mind that this tree has a preservation order on it. We have also had an outbreak of box blight in the hedge surrounding the fishponds, so it has been removed and replanted with rose bushes. The fishponds are awaiting their turn for draining, clearing and cleaning and new protective netting will be laid to keep our hungry heron at bay.
The herb garden by the kitchen door and clothes drying area will be relocated to a new raised bed in order to reduce the amount of bending required for potting and picking to a minimum. There is also a mass of wild strawberries on the grass bank by the refuse bins. The garden birds are quick to enjoy an early harvest of the fruits, so they have usually disappeared before they have been noticed.
Peter the pheasant continues to visit the Bradbury House gardens and recently brought his harem of seventeen girlfriends with him! Peter is hand-fed by Bill in shed number 2, where there is also a nuthatch on upside down duty on the roof. Two green parrots and six squirrels have also been counted. Are there any volunteers to start a Bradbury House garden bird and animal watch. Now there’s a thought!

Selma’s Garden Report