4th-5th February 2017
It was an optimistic date for a planting session so early in February, all week the weather forecast had been predicting heavy rain, however as it turned out, it was dry with a light wind, and consequently a pleasure to be outside.
This was our third working party, and like the two previous Saturdays, it was well-supported, with 14 adults and three very enthusiatic children in attendance.
We completed laying the weed-suppressant fabric, and covered it all with a substantial layer of chipped bark, which had been donated. We are extremely grateful for this as it has saved the Hall between £2000-3000. We then spread the remainder of the chips on an area to be planted with mixed shrubs and perennials.
I checked on the Woodland Trust trees that we planted before Christmas and as far as I could tell so early in the season they are all alive. In a few months they should show above the rabbit guards and grow away quickly. It will be some time before we have a woodland area, but as the saying goes, ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow’.
The remainder of the team worked on planting ground cover plants on two sides of the steep banks that surround the hall and car park. We planted St Johns Wort, hardy geraniums, spreading symphytum, red campion, ox-eye daisies, dead nettle. Comments had been made about my latest list published in The Village News asking for plants that could be spared or divided – “Only in Platt could you put a list of plants with Latin names!” Here you have some common names.
I still had two sacks of groundcover plants lifted from my own garden and Bob Davey was keen to finish the area that he had started, so we met on the Sunday afternoon to plant out the remaining ox-eye daisies and symphytum.
At the end of Saturday morning I was absolutely thrilled at the progress that we had made. Now it really looked as if this garden could be realised. We could not have achieved so much without our volunteer helpers so can I use this space to send a huge “Thank You and please keep coming” out to all of them. I can’t wait for spring to see the buds burst and green leaves appear.