There is a beautiful spirit breathing now
Its mellow richness on the clustered trees,
And, from a beaker of richest dyes,
Pouring new glory on the autumn woods
A few lines from 'Autumn' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
A bit of a catch up is necessary. In the green house the curious bean plant has eventually formed and the resulting pods are quite remarkable. They can grow to a metre long and, as can be seen, are bright red.
Also in the greenhouse the Clog Plant or Goldfish Plant is flowering. This plant has a bit of a history. It was found at the side of the HQ shed in a blue pot last year .The label was still attached stating Clog Plant. A bit of quick research resulted in the plant being tidied up and moved into the greenhouse having been repotted. The warmer conditions were just what it wanted. This year it sprouted leaves and a few weeks ago produced rather strange shaped flowers which are described as looking like goldfish.
The original picture has been unearthed. The Clog Plant is clearly visible in the blue pot..Below is a detailed picture from the internet
One of the classroom beds had produced a wonderful showing of sunflowers. Up until last week they were all standing tall and proud but the recent wind has caused them to droop. Yesterday they were tied up to keep them in good shape for a little longer. The Greenfinchs will enjoy the seeds once they have formed.
We were recently given another supply of bark chippings for which we are very grateful. They are always useful to top up around the class beds and also the woodland walk along the boundary of the school garden.
We have had a record number of grapes this year on the vine although it is unlikely that they will ripen and be of any use to us. Most likely the Wasps will enjoy the fruit before the onset of winter.
The Jerusalem Artichokes have finally flowered. Related to sunflowers the flowers do not look much different from them. Soon we can dig up what is below and see what sort of a crop we have.
Finally we are nearly ready to kick start the Jurassic Garden project. The grass and vegetation has been killed off and hopefully a mini digger will move in and level the ground for us within the next week or so. The edging for the path and the ammonite shape around the Sycamore tree has been sourced and about to be purchased. The garden volunteers can then pick up with building a retaining wall and get the path outline created.
Unfortunately then work will stop there for the time being. To continue will will need funding for the path materials, the plants, the dinosaur nest area and the flying pterodactyl! The Garden Group are working hard on finding ways to secure funding to continue and develop this exciting stage of Holy Trinity Environmental Garden