Gardening Work during March 2023

This is what we achieved in the Storey Gardens during March 2023:

  • Installed three bird boxes in The Tasting Garden.
  • Planted more snowdrops along path in the Copper Beech garden, rudbeckia in the Bee and Butterfly border, cowslips in the wildflower meadow and a hardy Chrysanth (Mrs Jessie Cooper).
  • Weeding has been a major activity. In The Tasting Garden we weeded the beds alongside the Meeting House wall and the Georgian wall and the area behind the Hessle pear tree. We also weeded the bed in front of the hedge in the Copper Beech Garden.
  • Emptied one of the leaf mould cages and filled it with leaves stored in large builders’ sacks.
  • Cut off regrowth on a sycamore stump and cut back the buddleias.
  • Cut back and dug out brambles from behind the yew hedge along the Meeting House Lane border.  Removed excess soil for use when potting-up plants for sale.
  • Thinned the raspberry canes to make more room in the soft fruit bed.
  • Created flower arrangements for the Storey PrintRoom Café.
  • Provided Ludus Dance with punnets and soil. Ludus Dance are running a children’s Easter Club in The Storey during the Easter School holidays. One of the activities will involve the children planting climbing beans to take home.
  • Divided a phlomis tuberosa (Jerusalem Sage) and planted out in three clumps.
  • Removed some ivy from the wall in the Copper Beech Garden behind the Plants for Sale area.

Wildlife – We saw a pair of song thrushes in the Gardens during March. They used to be frequent visitors but we haven’t seen any for some time.

Plants in flower in the gardens during March included:

Mahonia ‘Stallata’Pulmonaria or lungwortHellebores
DaffodilsNative primrosesChionodoxa ‘Glory of the snow’
Snake’s head fritillariesHyacinthsAnemones
Early tulips