Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Today we were blessed with pleasant weather and a hearty team of seven.
Hurricane Gonzalo’s tailwinds had produced impressive piles of leaves – gathering some of these and unblocking some drainage channels yielded several bags of future compost, which we stored. A lorryload of mulch was applied to the remainder of the beds facing the Central Pitch, whilst the beds nearest to the Café and the Heritage Frieze Bed were tidied and weeded.
Along the central Botanical Walk, donated grasses were planted in a trodden bare patch behind a central bench, and at the Café end, donated love‑in‑the‑mist seeds were spread around for future colour.
Beyond the Central Pitch, yellow rattle seeds were planted in the wild bank. We dug up 10 patches of turf to enable the seeds to take and, we hope, spread across the area, deterring the grass from strangling the wild flowers.
Measurements were taken so that the barriers around the flower beds in the Park can be completed, thanks to a kind decision by the FoSJP Committee to provide funding. This will also depend upon the goodwill of the Gardening Team in cooperation with Stuart from Southampton City Council to do the heavy muscle work required for the installation!
Once again a very encouraging two hours, leaving a noticeable difference to the appearance of the Park!
Below are photos showing some of today’s work. Also shown is evidence of twice‑weekly watering of the pots outside the Café by a local resident, for which we are very grateful – before she started, the plants had been looking dried out and were dying. If anyone else could occasionally take a turn, please let us know.