The garden group were delighted to hear at the Dorset Wildlife Trust event held recently at Sherborne that they won first prize in the 2015 Wildlife friendly and Community garden section.
Along with the certificate were many garden 'goodies' including bird feeders and a variety of seeds which we can sow next Spring. The event was supported by the Gardens Group.
Despite being the school holidays the garden group continues to meet and work in the garden. There is always something to be done. The flower bed alongside the eco-loo is now becoming well established and just last week the 'Ligularia dentata' burst into flower. A plant much favoured by slugs but they seem to have missed our plant!
|Magnificent foliage and flowers|
At the back of the Jurassic garden work has proceeded with the viewing platform. The first job was to erect the main poles which will hold the frame and finished construction
|The landscape poles in position|
|Attention to detail- perfectly upright!|
|The poles all in position|
|The bolted supports|
|Starting the frame|
|The frame just about finished|
It is of course not all gardening and on several warm evenings the moth trap was set. The lamp is lit all night long and at early morning the trap is checked. On the first run we had a good catch. Many moths are very colourful and decorative. The smaller moths are a little tricky to identify but will eventually be keyed out.
|Elephant Hawk Moth|
Bees also continue to figure in the school garden and we are still finding new species. This one is still awaiting identification but has stunning colourful legs!
|Another new bee species for the garden |
As the summer fades and autumn approaches the vegetables are now at their prime and the harvest has been particularly good. The carrots though have been a disaster! Apparently we are not alone and carrots generally this year have been poor. The crop of Desiree potatoes- lovely red skinned and yellow fleshed- has been very good.
|Orange beetroots, courgettes, carrots and turnips|
|Borlotti beans- a first for the garden and a good crop|