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Garden Update by Rosie Nottage

Hundreds of plants have now been planted and are thriving in their new home – there are some left over which we will be selling on, let us know if you are interested in buying some.  

The grasses in Alex’s design are some of the stars of the show.  Originally chosen to represent steam at the Roman Baths, they are a breath of fresh air and give the garden a light, airy feel.  Stipa gigantea form a wispy screen between the gravel and the lodge, and Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ brings warm reddish black tones to the planting.  Other particularly interesting plants are Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine,’ a rich, dark Sedum which will come into its own in the summer, and the Allium ‘Drumstick’ which has been confused by our warm weather and is already shooting up.

The garden is settling into its new home and its great to see how many carers are enjoying it and using the space, even in these colder months.  Let us know your ideas for how we can make the most of the garden – perhaps some Tai chi sessions?  Or Yoga lessons? 

I am now running a monthly session for volunteers to continue to look after the garden – the work doesn’t stop once its planted!  We’ve had a great time weeding, deadheading, planting bulbs and keeping the gravel spic and span.  200 tulip and daffodil bulbs went in ready for the spring and the garden continues to look great through the winter.  We are leaving some of the seedheads on to give a home for wildlife over the winter and create interest; grasses in particular look fabulous in the frost.   Volunteers are in the garden every Thursday and I am there once a month, the next gathering is 18th December from 10-12.  If you would like to come and help wrap up warm – there will be a ready supply of hot tea and biscuits. 

There are a few bits and bobs we need for the garden which we will be appealing for in the New Year and we will be creating a new vegetable growing area for the Spring, watch this space!

-- Rosie