Chris Wright has been visiting Alan Ward in his studio yet again.
Below are some more photos from Chris taken between 29 July and 2 August 2022.
You can see how the Portland stone sculpture is taking shape and is now looking like a pear.
This is what we did in the Storey Gardens during July 2022:
Yesterday, 27 July 2022, we had a number of gatekeeper butterflies behind the folly in The Tasting Garden.
Searching the Internet for further information revealed that an alternative name for a gatekeeper butterfly is hedge brown and the butterfly in the photo below is female.
Last Saturday, Fiona undertook some training of our younger gardening volunteers.
She showed them the flowers on a mature betony plant. She then set them to weed around the recently planted betony plants in the Copper Beech Garden having first instructed them as to what were weeds and what could be left.
During the morning there was a visit from a passing holly blue butterfly that landed on a nearby privet leaf. It obligingly stayed there long enough to be photographed.
At one point Fiona put the pain au chocolat she had bought in the Printroom Café down on the grass and left it for a few minutes. As she returned she saw a herring gull about to steal it. She shouted and ran towards it. The bird released its grip and flew off. Much laughter ensued. Chris Wright was on hand with his camera to record Fiona showing Isabelle the dent in the pastry left by the gull’s beak.
Lancaster based sculptor, Alan Ward has started work on the first of the replacement stone fruit sculptures – the Swan’s Egg pear. The sculpture is being carved from Portland stone. Alan is working from a polystyrene model created by artist Robert Williams.
Chris Wright has taken some photographs of Alan at work. See below.
This is what we did in the Storey Gardens during June 2022:
On Tuesday 28 June 2022, a team of gardening volunteers undertook thinning of the fruits on the fruit trees in The Tasting Garden.
As preparation, some of us had watched a video on the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website about thinning apples and also searched the Internet for further information.
On the day, we found that the plums did not require thinning as there were disappointing numbers of fruits forming.. However there was plenty to do on the apple and pear trees.
The job took about 90 minutes and some photos of the day are provided below.
This year the large cherry tree at the top of The Tasting Garden has had its biggest crop of cherries in living memory. Normally the cherries we have are eaten by the birds before they are ripe for humans.
This year, however, the tree has been smothered in cherries and we and our visitors have enjoyed sampling the fruit.
Chris Wright was present when we picked some of the cherries and has made a short video of us in action. Click on the image below to view the video.
One of our volunteers Candice Chen also took some photographs on the day.
In the past week we have had two sightings of a speckled wood butterfly in the Storey Gardens.
According to Alex Blomfield, sightings of a speckled wood butterfly in Lancaster would have been uncommon 20 years ago. However its range has been extending gradually north and has now reached Scotland.
Alex is a Nature and Wellbeing Officer for The Bay, A blueprint for Recovery. He and his colleagues run a session in the Storey Gardens each Tuesday morning (https://www.thebay.org.uk).
See below a picture of two flower arrangements that Fiona created for the Visitor Information Centre located in The Storey. The red, white and blue flowers were chosen to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee and came from The Tasting Garden.
Fiona regularly provides flower arrangements for the Visitor Information Centre and Printroom café in The Storey.
This is what we did in the Storey Gardens during April and May 2022
This year (2022) we have four flowering marsh orchid plants – two more than last year. They are all self seeded and demonstrate the benefit of creating wild flower areas in the garden.
All four orchids are in the lower part of The Tasting Garden. Click on one of the images below to see photos of them.
The Friends of the Storey Gardens have commissioned the first two new fruit sculptures.
The first sculpture will be the Czar plum funded by the Friends of Storey Gardens themselves. The second will be the Swan’s Egg pear funded by Lancaster City Council.
The fruits will be carved in Portland stone by local sculptor Alan Ward. The sculptures will be installed on new plinths.
The existing plinth for the Czar plum sculpture has already been removed. See a separate blog post for a few photographs of this happening.
Click on the image below for a plan of The Tasting Garden to see where the Czar plum and Swan’s Egg pear trees are located in the garden.