03 July 2006

Wildlife Garden

This is the wildlife garden and pond we have been working on at Ben's school. We ran a plant stall on Saturday during the school fete and Cathy worked up an activity which involved people walking round and identifying 10 of the plant species therein with plenty of clues to help them. A pleasing number of people took part also spending time reading the notices explaining what the wildlife garden was all about and looking at the childrens art work which we put up on posts round the pond. If they identified all the plants correctly they could choose a free plant from the stall.

The stall does not look so big in this pic but there were a fair few plants in there and the majority of them sold making the PTA about £75 which, if I have my way, they will spend on a half decent strimmer for the garden as the school does not possess one of it's own.

The pond viewing platform displayed some of the childrens artwork and other information.

I hope the display encourages the teachers to do some more work with the children in the wildlife area. It is a resource that more could be made of. Hopefully all the health and safety concerns have now all been met.

Can't blame the head really, it's a damnably litiginous world we live in now and they have to be careful coz if johnny gets post traumatic stress disorder from being croaked at by a frog, then someone is gonna have to Pay Compensation.

These blousy Livingstone Daisies did a good job attracting folk to the stall.

Such a hot weekend! And getting even hotter today. Spent all morning clodhopping; mostly hand weeding and ho hoeing. Stopped at noon and went home to cool off.

The white spider lilly Cathy sowed in the spring has flowered beautifully and now graces our bedroom windowsill. I needed to take it into the garden to get a decent shot of it. It leans out of it's pot at such a crazy angle that it is threatening to fall over.


Petunia's Gardener said...

Looks like a great home for frogs and other wildlife. You've helped initiate another generation of gardeners and wildlife supporters!

I've had some time to putter in the garden & surround this week. I think I've spotted parsnip seedlings! Not the same as the weeds or anything else I've seen, so must be parsnips. I'll try to get a shot of them soon to confirm, if I can get the camera to focus on the little things. Been watering & mulching as we have an early warm & dry spell.

clodhopper said...

I hope so....a fair number of the children show interest and their artwork is delightful.

Hey....good news on the parsnip front then. Mine decided to show up too just when I was giving them up as a bad job. That's what I like about gardening....totally unpredictable.