Thursday, 25 May 2017

May 25 2017 Spring Bedding Removal

Last week we weren't with the in bloom group, but 4 of them started to work clearing the spring bedding plants from the planters to get them ready for our summer bedding planting which will start next week 1 June.
So today, Thursday 25 May, which was a warm sunny one, we continued to remove the spring bedding starting with Royds Court Petal Planters.But before that I went to Back Gillett Lane, where the trees there have been pruned this week, leaving a whole lot of rubbish visible under the trees. This is that rubbish-

Even a now waiting sign!

In fact before these trees were planted in this area several years ago it was very much a dumping area for local rubbish as this photo shows
But now the pruned trees make so much difference to this area
So this morning there I was down at Back Gillett Lane Garden with lots of litter bags to clear the rubbish away and tidy the area up.
So when I had finished the no waiting sign was removed to be with some others and the area under the trees looked so much better.
So then I went to join the others who were working at Royds Court removing the spring bedding plants.
Soon it was done and the empty cleared petal planters were already for the summer planting next week.
Then we went to the other planters and removed the spring bedding, then up to the library for a break. After our break, we went to the planters again and added some chicken manure pelletts and some more compost as well.
This is the planter outside Marsh Street Surgery, then compost & pelletts were added to the planter outside the conifer garden & Royds Court and Serendipity planter.
Chicken manure was added to the brick circular bed at Margaret's Garden and at Gillett Bridge.

This year the Traffic Light Planter is going to be changed, so this early summer we haven't cleared the planter yet.
You can see why we call it the traffic light planter because the traffic lights are close by it.
Also this week the grass was cut at Margaret's garden using our lawn mower.
So next week it will be summer planting time again.

The Conifer Garden on the corner of Marsh Street & Commercial Street has also been pruned and tidied up, cutting off the tops so they no longer interfere with any cables. Unfortunately by removing the undercover, loads of rubbish has been revealed. So this is the garden right now.

But this is the rubbish beneath them.
So this morning, that is Friday after our working day yesterday I went to the conifer garden complete with rubbish bags and bins and set to work to clear the conifer garden of cans, bottles, plastic bags complete with dog dirt, cigarette packet wrappings etc, etc. Four rubbish bags were filled with this litter and the area left a lot clearer.

Still the sun shines and it is quite warm. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Bed at top of steps day 11 May 2017

On Thursday 11 May we will be working on the bed at the top of the steps, but on Monday 8 May, Fran and I went to this garden bed taking with us some water and a new stepping stone we had purchased from Rothwell Garden Centre. Using the water we soaked an area near to a brick wall, then removed the spring bulbs that had finished flowering, then added the paving stone-this is an area of this flower bed that always had evidence of being trampled over so we have added a paving stone instead of shrubs/plants that will only be knocked down.
The photograph above shows the position of this new stepping stone, and the one below the stone in place in front of a brick wall.
Now we are ready for Thursday-we did also pop in to see Glen Fox, of Olwyn Fox Electricals of Rothwell, who has requested we of Rothwell in Bloom trim away some of the bushes at Jo's bed to improve the sight lines for the car park at that point-so another job for Thursday.

So on Thursday 11 May, Frances drove to collect some Cosmos plants grown by Peter Jones, whilst I walked down to the library, pushing a wheelbarrow, and filled two water containers, then walked across to the Bed at the top of the steps in Marsh Street Car Park. There I poured the water on and around the daffodil plants growing in this very dry flower bed, Backwards & forwards getting more water until all the daffodil plants were much looser and ready to dig out of the ground.

Soon Frances arrived in the car park with the cosmos plants and the others arrived as well, and we started to dig out the daffodil plants.
Peter then started to plant the Cosmos plants he had grown near the wall.

Then Betty, Rosalind, Molly & Frances went to Rothwell Garden centre and purchased some more plants & shrubs to put into the flower bed in the spaces left by the removal of the daffodil plants. Whilst they were away from the car park, Michelle McGill and her driver from the Litter department of Leeds CC arrived, gave  us some more bags and took away our rubbish.
Then the ladies returned with their purchases.

Then we had our coffee break enjoying the sunshine, and afterwards, started to plant the newly purchased plants.
Water was added to the new plants and soon the bed was filled with new plants.

Then I walked to Jo's bed and cut back some  of the prickly plants to improve the sight lines for traffic driving into the car park. Glen Fox gave his approval. Next week we are meeting at Gillett Bridge to start removing the summer bedding.

Monday, 8 May 2017

4 May 2017 Grass Cutting again & Replacing flowers in the seat beds at Rothwell Library Garden

On Thursday 4 May, Frances & I went to Rothwell Library now called Rothwell Hub to await the arrival of a delivery lorry from Rothwell Garden Centre.Earlier in the week we had been to the garden centre where Rothwell in Bloom has an account and ordered 24 Lavender plants, 4 large bags of compost, 2 bags of John Innes Number 2 & 6 bags of white stones. Malcolm, from Rothwell garden centre arrived soon after 9am and unloaded the lorry next to one of the beds at the library that has seat near it and a tree. Today our tasks were to remove the existing old sage plants in one bed & in the other to dig out the old lavender plants, then add compost and plant new lavender plants, then surround them with the white stones.
So here are the ingredients before we start the days work. Bags of compost, white stones, lavender plants and in background Frances starting to dig out the old plants.  Some of the lavender plants were then placed into a green plastic bin, which was filled with water to give the plants a good soaking before planting them out.
It took a lot of heavy work with a pickaxe to remove all the old plants, digging them out, loosening the soil, then covering it with two bags of compost & one bag of John Innes number 2, then giving the plant base a good soaking, so that they were ready to plant up.
Meanwhile on the other seating bed, Margaret, Betty, & Rosalind, removed all the old plants, dug over the bed, added 2 bags of compost & 1 bag of John Innes number 2, then started to plant the newly soaked lavender plants.
Then Rosalind started to add the small white stones around the newly planted lavender plants,
 so that in the end the newly planted bed looked like this.

Meanwhile, on the other seating bed, the new lavender plants were added & the stones as well, so that this bed looked this:

So what a satisfying piece of work this morning, so we went home feeling we  had done a good job. I popped down to Margaret's Garden, and started to mow the grass outside Blackburn Hall.
Soon it was done so then I went over to the grass around Margaret's Garden Brick circular bed & wooden planters and mowed the grass there.

So another good morning's work-next week we are in the car park at the bed at the top of the steps adding some cosmos to the flower bed there.