THE WILDERSPIN PLAYGROUND GARDEN
It is three years since the majority of the planting was done and everything has matured nicely. The passion flower has spread rapidly along the willow and hazel screen and is at this moment flowering abundantly. The box plants have been recently clipped and the older plants have formed a low hedge.
Some plants have preferred the mild winter and wet weather, others have grown lanky, flopped over and seemed reluctant to flower whilst others have flowered earlier than usual. Weeds benefited from the mild winter and the weed of the year has been Thale Cress with an insignificant short white flower with many long seed pods identified by my neighbour.
A lady who trained at Bishop Burton College has pruned the fruit trees and they are now gradually getting into a better shape. Again they have been fed with blood, fish and bone fertiliser. They had quite a healthy crop of fruit last autumn.
Whilst dead heading and clearing debris a bumble bees nest was found on the ground amongst the fluffy remains of the Lamb’s Ear plant. For health and safety reasons the nest was cordoned off.
We must mention David’s main bed in the car park area which was a riot of colour in May and June with blue geraniums, big red ornamental poppies, sweet Williams and other colourful plants.
The Outreach Group from Scunthorpe still maintain the north-east corner of the garden and come most Wednesdays.
We are in desperate need of more volunteer gardeners as not everybody can come on gardening days. No experience is required. We meet once or twice a month for about 2½ hours including a cup of tea. If you are interested just give your name and telephone to the receptionist on duty.
The perennials brought last year by Paul Betham, head gardener of Normanby Hall Country Park, are doing well.
Anybody wishing to join the volunteer gardening group will be very welcome. We meet about once or twice a month for a few hours including a cup of tea.