The slow start to spring has meant that progress in the garden has been difficult; the cold and wet weather has not yet allowed us to get our spring planting under way. However we did manage to get 10,000 snowdrops in the ground in various parts of the garden. We have started propagating seeds for our annual border, mainly amaranthus, marigolds and myrabolis, also some vegetable seeds have also been sown in the community garden.
The Richmond young carers have been building a fantastic willow grotto in the garden. This will be a living structure, with the willow stems rooting into the ground, and should come into leaf in the coming weeks. This is the first new addition to our garden trail, which will be a series of projects around the grounds for children to explore and get in involved with.
We have started to plant three larch trees (larix decidua), these are coniferous trees mainly planted for their architectural form.