The weather has finally started to turn chilly. A good way to keep warm is to get out into the garden and do some much needed weeding, of course, which is what we’ll soon be doing down at the Quay. We spotted several yellow fruits on the quince tree back in August, but a fleeting visit the other day revealed a lot more than we’d first thought – all looking rather fulsome and splendid!
As previously reported in August the crab apple tree is covered with fruit, so we should have some lovely colour in the Quay garden going into Autumn.
A little bit of rain didn’t deter us during our Friday Tidy…
At Roy’s, we split the snowdrops and planted a few miniature tulips. Down at the Kingfisher beds we trimmed back a few of the leggier plants in the nectar bed, just to neaten things up a bit – and then discussed what to do with the ‘edible’ bed. We have big plans for the next month or two – a revamp on the scale of the nectar bed is long overdue!
After a very welcome cup of tea (big thank you to the Kingfisher for that – it was just what we needed to take the chill off!) we headed round to the Quay, to have a look and make some notes. Lovely to see buds on the trees and bushes – it’s all very green at the moment (the wild strawberries are rampant….) with a splash of bright yellow, but it shouldn’t be too long before we get some more colour in there too.
Well, we haven’t been completely idle, even if the blog has been badly neglected! Among other things, bulbs and a few new plants have been added to the Kingfisher bed and a bit of weeding has gone on. There are shoots coming up, and there is some welcome colour to brighten up the (last of…?) the winter months.
So, as Friday 13th approaches (and no, we are not in the least superstitious) we aim to do a round up of what needs to be done in each of the areas we maintain. We will meet at the tubs at the back of Roys at 10:00 and then make our way on to the Kingfisher beds, and finish at the Quay. We hope you can join us at one or all of the sites.
Three posts in one day? Only because we wanted to share the pictures taken today by another of our team when she was down at the Quay doing her own Friday Tidy there.
Apparently there are very few sunflowers this year, but lots of poppies and alpine strawberries, as well as the fruit trees and bushes. All of the rain we’ve had has not stopped the soil turning to dust now that the sun is out, but it’s all still looking good.
Thank you to everyone who managed to tear themselves away from the buzz at St Peter’s and came over to say hello at the Town Hall – and a very warm welcome to all those who picked up a card, and are visiting our blog for the first time.
St Peter’s 2 March 2019
We are a small group who aim to make Sudbury greener, using sustainable planting in areas that have been slightly neglected in the past. If you scroll down (or perhaps go to the beginning of the blog and work your way forwards) you will see a little bit more about the sorts of things we’ve been doing over the past five years. You will also find information there about other groups and individuals around town who are trying to make a difference by planting up forgotten corners or picking up litter.
We meet on the first Friday of the month at one of our sites in town. By clicking on the ‘follow’ button (near the bottom on the right) you will receive the blog post by email, letting you know where to meet, and about any other events we think might interest you. We will not bombard you with emails (usually only one a month) and we never share your information with anyone else. Of course, you can also just check in every so often to see what we’re doing.
Quay Theatre tidy-up
At our last Friday Tidy we were heartened to see that the buds are coming out on the fruit bushes and trees at the Quay car park garden – they have all survived!
Our next task is to clear the wildflower bed at the Kingfisher car park, and refill with even more nectar-rich plants – pollinators need our help!
Pollinators: decline in numbers
There is evidence that bees and other pollinator populations are less healthy and abundant than they have been. If action is not taken, pollinator declines will have serious implications for food production and the ornamental garden, since many plants rely on bees and other insects, such as hoverflies to transfer pollen from one flower to another in order to set fruits and seeds.
You can read the rest of this RHS article by clicking here.
If you can use a trowel, secateurs, a fork or a spade, do join us! You need not ‘sign up’, just turn up for half an hour or a couple of hours – we would be delighted to see you!