Gardening Work during April 2023

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

  • More visitors are coming into the gardens so in addition to all the gardening we spend time telling them about the gardens and selling plants
  • Development of the herb bed for the Printroom Café in the Copper Beech Garden.  After removing weeds the chives and existing parsley are easier to locate. Parsley dill and coriander seeds have been sown and seedlings planted.
  • Weeded the edges of many paths In The Tasting Garden to help define these for the first mowing by the Grounds Maintenance team. We were assisted by two volunteers from the Lancaster Men’s Hub.
  • Weeded around the fruit trees and the borders removing hogweed, celandines, hedge garlic and creeping buttercup to name a few. Pulled out Spanish bluebell leaves and flowers from the wildflower areas to inhibit multiplication.
  • Weeded and tidied the plants in pots by the water tanks to make them suitable for sale.  Potted up more plants from the garden including native primroses and native cowslips, and spent a lot of time writing labels providing useful information about the plants.
  • Cut out dead parts off the fuschia in the café patio area.
  • Planted giant snowdrops, stichwort, Anemone Pulsatilla., Ersimum Bowles Mauve, Anthemis tinctoria E.C. Buxton, a Hardy crysanthemum ‘Clara Curtis’ and meadow cranesbill in The Tasting Garden and two cyclamen coum under the copper beech tree.
  • Dug out old gooseberry bushes and more raspberry canes.  Planted two virtually thornless gooseberry bushes, Pax, which produces sweet red berries.
  • Fiona created a beautiful flower arrangement for the unveiling ceremony.
  • Made a new support for the rose Zephirine, finished a table for plants not ready for sale and replaced the pallet gate to the compost area.

    Plants in flower in the gardens during April included.

    Large tulipsSpecies (dwarf) tulipsForget-me-nots
    Snake’s head fritillariesCowslipsNative primroses
    Coronilla valentina citrinaChionodoxaPulmonaria
    DaffodilsFruit treesMarsh Marigolds