I’ve been under the weather with hayfever over the last week but had taken a half day’s annual leave on Wednesday to help my village win our part of the competition Britain in Bloom, so met up with the other keen gardeners to work on the area down by the canal.
I’ve only lived in this area for a couple of years or so but I understand that quite a lot of work has been done recently to create a better environment for the local people to enjoy. So, in addition to flower beds there is now a community orchard down by the lock. In fact, we have got two, planted with a variety of flower bushes and trees.
At the moment, most of the plants are too young to produce any fruit but one of the orchards is pleasing to look at in any case, because it has been grassed over between the trees and bushes. The other orchard needs more work doing to it as the ground is full of weeds. The plan however is to plant a wildflower meadow rather than grass in this one.
Here are a couple of photos down by the canal where we were tidying up and planting new flowers after the others got damaged by the recent rain: