This 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?
Disappearing border slabs
Natural wooden border from a Chelsea Flower Show garden
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?
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!