Thanks to Sally who helped get things looking good and Ruth and Robert who framed the Library Children's pictures and poem of plant hunters based on Joseph Hooker it looks pretty good. Thanks too to Ali who will be selling our tea towels designed so well by Gabrielle Maughan and sponsored by Aiden at Durrants.
Meanwhile in the Library garden there was felt making and two amazing bug hotels made on another club day where Meraylah and Franceska have been providing wonderful activities.
First off in the Town Park stowing soil and mulch for our entrance beds.
From Park to Boarding House where the garden is looking lovely
On to work with Bryony and Liz at the little Copy Shop on the Portfolio. Going well after 2 hours solid but more still to do!
Last week at I-Chamelian over 100 people stopped and wrote down their views. Here are the first 50!
From Karen Austin
Central to our planting was the edict “Right Plant, Right Place” - choosing plants that naturally grow well in the conditions of climate and soil available to them and issues of sustainability. Every effort has been made to minimize the input needed to create and maintain our planting schemes. No artificial watering has taken place since the initial planting and minimum weeding is required as the plants have matured, spread and self-seeded. As well as the perennial nature of our herbaceous plants, we have also chosen varieties of bulbs that are long-lived and will increase over time.
Station bedecked now with Hanging Baskets thanks to Karen and Richard Austin and help from Halesworth Community Choir stalwarts.
Lind's car is such fun to ride in and you can always have the Queen for company!
Come and get you raffle ticket in IChamelian in Halesworth Thoroughfare. Draw on Wednesday! Also great offer Hooker Bicentenary tea towel and three raffle tickets for £3.
Plants Books and your views on our town.
Down the Park everything was lush because of the rain but the stunning show of Carnassia had ben cut off in their prime which was sad although Waveney had waited in fairness a long time before mowing.
Thanks to Craig and Dave King delivering another huge bag of both soil improver and bark mulch we were able to plant both the seven Rhododendrons grown from seed of those originally planted by Joseph Hooker in Darjeeling and Elizabeth Grant's blue bamboo.
All that is left to plant is the Hooker oak waiting for children from Edgar Sewter School to plant this on June 27th.
Sikkim Rhododendrons all grown from seed taken from plants Hooker planted in Darjeeling Joseph’s happiest times were clambering through the near vertical Forests of Rhododendrons and Magnolias in Sikkim
D - Rhododendron arboretum pink
E - Rhododendron thomsonii named by Joseph after his friend: To this species I give the name of Dr. Thomas Thomson, surgeon, late of the Thibetian Mission, son of the learned Professor of Chemistry of Glasgow University, my earliest friend and companion during my College life, and now my valued travelling companion in Eastern Himalaya.
F - Rhododendron Cinnabarinum xanthcodon orange
G - Rhododendron Ciliatum white tinged with pink
H - Rhododendron Campanulatum may be white, pale rose or lilac with wonderful glossy foliage
I - Rhododendron Barbatum scarlet flowers
J - Rhododendron Maddeni white
One sadness - the split willow has been cut down in its entirety where part of this old tree should have been saved. Need for real specialists to take a sensitive knowledgeable eye to saving rather than hacking.
Back to pop up shop and successful getting views on town and selling the lovely Tea Towels which are going like hot cakes. Plants and books also selling and raffle tickets.
Then walk back along Thoroughfare which is looking floral as it should and past Hooker House. A great day and back to do this blog on this website.
Thanks for reading this!!