The Chairman of Winsford Trust wondered if the Halwill Garden Club, who have their monthly meetings in the Winsford Centre, would like to do a Queens Jubilee Garden in the Grounds, to add yet another strand in the Winsford history and to give the Garden Club a practical project which connected them with their base.
Stage One – Gets Under Way!
Although it was a little late for any major planning the suggestion was taken up and the aim is to have something in place for the Halwill Open Gardens event on 17 June. After the warmth of March April has settled in to be a cold, windy and wet month so far. Just when the grass needed to be mown to allow a bed to be cut from the lawn. Not deterred, and now that Ray Ward has finally managed to turn the unkempt field back into a lawn, they plan to turn the first sod on Tuesday 24 April (Images to follow!).
Seeds, bulbs and plug plants are being nurtured into life to form the bones of the Jubilee Garden. The Club’s meeting in May will be a Plant Swap, which normally results in dozens of surplus plants, so, this year there will be no problem in knowing how to make good use of them.
Bare rooted Deutzia Scabra Plena and Exochorda Macrantha ‘The Bride’ have been received and potted up ready to go out as a white backdrop to the bed towards the end of next month, with some Giant Lilium Regale bulbs between each bush. A couple of Hollyhock Chaters Double Scarlet were spotted in Morrisons this week and should give a couple of highlights. The colour scheme of the Queens Jubilee border, in this special year, will be red white and blue.
Since there is rather a large space available it has been agreed to install the Queens Jubilee border and a plot that can be used by Garden Club members as a test bed. This can be for new varieties of flowers, fruit or vegetables or just for things that would not fit in with our current schemes but can be studied for future use, or to show members possibilities that they may not have previously considered.