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Winter help for the Seeds of Hope

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)

As part of our community outreach activities, we're helping the Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden giving them assistance with the garden’s maintenance to ensure it continues to flourish.

Margaret, Jess and Josh at the Seeds of Hope Garden
Margaret, Jess and Josh at the Seeds of Hope Garden
Margaret carries out some pruning at the Seeds of Hope Garden
Margaret carries out some ruthless pruning

For our latest visit to the Garden, Margaret, Jess, Josh and I managed to find a gap in our work commitments to exercise those muscles that we didn’t know we had!

We started out with a bit of plant identification as there are several plants in the garden that no-one was sure as to exactly what they are. Anyone moving into a new house with an established garden will know this situation - but it's vital to find out what's what, otherwise you won't know how to care for it!.

The screen of the shrub rose, Rosa rugosa, hadn't been touched for ages and needed pruning to encourage new growth from the base. This will then produce more flowers in the coming years. Also the height needed to be reduced as they were obscuring a gorgeous dogwood (Cornus) - grown for its attractive winter stems - and a fabulous summer- and autumn-flowering Abelia. They were also growing over and covering some low-growing Euonymus growing in the front of the bed. Gloves and long-handled loppers are best for this job, as the Rosa rugosa is very prickly and the stems had become quite thick.

The lavender at the front of a bed had all the head heads chopped off (Margaret can be very ruthless sometimes!) to tidy them up.

There is a path going around the summer garden with moss growing on it in the shady areas, which makes the path very slippery. We were going to treat it with Patio Magic!, but for safety reasons due to the wind gusting around we did not and will have to go back again.

The Seeds of Hope Children's Garden

The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden was set up by Caroline Jay at Guildford Cathedral to help children and young people cope with and explore their feelings of loss with the support of their families, teachers and carers. To find out more about The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden, visit www.seedsofhopechildrensgarden.co.uk.

Tim Farrant - Our lead gardener at the Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden.

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