At last, here it is, signed, stamped and complete - the new 20 year lease for the garden.
We have been working on this for the past 7 years. During this time we have argued, pleaded and jumped through an amazingly complex array of bureaucratic hoops. It is fantastic news that the lease is now, finally, in place. We would like to thank all those who have helped with this challenging process, and in particular;
Mishcon de Reya
Cllr. Sue Vincent
Cllr. Sarah Hayward
Christine Dove, Camden Lettings Team
Teasels are getting ready to flower, the soft, green buds are getting larger everyday. A shower of rain has filled the cups formed by the leaf bases. Already collecting is a fine collection of teasel-cup crud, and now small insects will drown in these pools. As their tiny bodies rot, the nutrients released will give the teasel a boost - teasels with cups full of prey produce many more quality seeds than 'un-fed' individuals.
'Francis E. Lester' is garlanding the railings and threading through the bush ivy. The big heads of scented single roses in apple-blossom shades will be on display for six weeks or so. Though only flowering once it will set lots of pea-sized hips that will ripen to a deep-red by autumn. Lovely.
The first flush of flowers of the South African Daisy bush, Euryops chrysanthemoides, is just fading. Garrard has been busy dead-heading them, a fiddley tiresome job, snipping each one off individually with scissors. This time spent is well worth it, as left alone the dead-heads would become increasingly messy. Cleaned up, it will soon be producing a further flush of its bright golden-yellow flowers. Well done Garrard.
Our apologies, but the garden will close at midday today, so we can get the garden ready for this weekend's Open Garden Squares event. Open as usual from Monday.
Parsnips, grown from a few shrivelled old roots stuck in the ground at winter's end, are flowering. The flat heads of luminous yellow/green flowers are opening, to delight hungry hover flies. Our gardener is liking them too, he'll be chucking parsnip seed into the borders for a repeat appearance next year. Grown from seed these should make for stronger plants with even better flowering, to carry the yellow/green 'umbel' theme forward as the fading stems of early Alexanders' domed green heads - below - get cut down.