Although things are slowing down in the garden there are still plenty of jobs to be getting on with. Across the two sites we have planted over 600 Daffodil bulbs, which were kindly donated by Shropshire Council, and a myriad of other spring bulbs including Snowdrops, Tulips and Narcissi donated by members of staff and volunteers. We like to have points of interest for patients and visitors to look at all year so we’re hoping these will provide a focal point throughout spring.

In any garden there is always lots of tidying up to do, at this time of year we spend a lot of time raking leaves from lawns to keep the grass healthy.  We have also been pruning the apple and pear trees in the orchard to keep them in good shape and encourage better fruit next year.

At the end of a busy year we always like to take a step back and reflect on the last 12 months. For the gardening team 2013 has been a truly fantastic year, despite the weather trying its best to thwart our plans.

We simply would not have been able to achieve so much without the hard work and dedication of all our volunteers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our volunteers for all they do, come rain or shine, to ensure our gardens are looking their best for our patients. Let’s hope 2014 will be another successful year!


This week’s hints and tips

If you have a cherry tree in your garden don’t prune it at this time of year as it makes them susceptible to silver leaf disease, it’s best to prune them during the summer months.

Whilst the ground is still warm it’s a great time to plant new shrubs or move existing shrubs that are in the wrong place in your garden. You can still get plants with flowers and scent, good ones include Viburnum x bodnantense “Dawn”, Prunus x subhirtella “Autumnalis Rosea” and Lonicera x purpusii “Winter Beauty”.


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