Community gardening next Sunday 11 am

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! We popped to the square and took some pictures of all the pretty flowers popping up over there. Lindy, Ellen and Philip really did an excellent job planting all those bulbs!

Do remember that the community gardening day is next Sunday. We will meet at 11 am on the square.

I leave you with some pictures of the pretty.

Preparing for a blooming spring

It has been a very very busy few weeks on the square.

During the community gardening day on December 4th we planted about 900 spring-flowering bulbs from the Taylor Bulbs of Spalding received free via the Bulbs for London scheme run by MPGA. Under Ellen’s watchful eye, the bulbs were planted at the appropriate depth so as to be properly squirrel-proof.

Just for extra awesome, Ellen has also planted hundreds of wallflowers throughout the square.

Last Friday, another long- awaited delivery arrived and we took in 14 tonnes of soil improver, delivered by London Waste as part of their Community Compost Giveaway scheme.

Given that we had been working towards receiving this delivery since about spring, we were still surprised when the notice of delivery was given only a few days in advance. Islington council were extremely helpful in lending us some wheelbarrows which Tony and Isobel kindly stored.

GoodGym were also quick to come to our rescue and posted a mission on their website which, due to the short notice and time of day was not terribly popular but yielded in a very very useful volunteer who helped us move all of the compost.

Well done, everyone! The square is now almost ready for spring and the compost smell is already fading.

Coming up roses

IMG_7410This week we have been focusing on the rose bed behind the single bench, mainly getting rid of the surprising amount of rubbish that accumulates there, as well as weeding and tidying up the bushes and deadheading the stunning roses that grow in that space.

It seems that the stones demarcating the rose bed have sunk into the ground over the years and are no longer consistently visible. This has happened with all the borders around the square but you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time so starting small.

With the compost delivery imminent, I wonder if I could ask for your opinion? Broadly, I a wondering whether you would prefer that we dig for the slabs currently used and raise them up to ensure they are visible OR do we create a more naturalistic feature of the rosebud with some wooden borders, as seen at the Chelsea Flower Show this year?

Personally, I am in favour of the more naturalistic approach as it would benefit the creepy-crawlies on the square as well as providing a good use for the twigs and branches around the square. What say you?IMG_7288

In other news, the annuals we planted earlier in the year under the three trees between
New North Road and Wilton Villas are growing nicely, helped by the wet weather.

Don’t forget, the next community gardening day is this Sunday 10 am- 1pm. Hope to see you there!