Thanks to Patrick Duddy for the photographs
Groarty Primary School helped us plant some of our 10,000 bulbs recently... The kids had a blast and got proper stuck in. The kids added these to their woodland garden area which is an ongoing project...
Thanks to Patrick Duddy for the photographs
Thanks to Patrick Duddy for this picture from the bulb planting in Surestart Hazelbank....it makes it look like I'm the only fellow doing any work! but on the day the guys from the Springtown Activity and Horticulture Group were on hand to provide lots of help and plant 500 daffodil bulbs along the front ot the Surestart Premises..
Thanks to Billy Page from Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Area partnership for organising the event
So far we've planted Bulbs in Oakgrove Primary, groarty priamry, Clooney After Schools, Model primary, St Patricks primary, Ebrignton primary, Lisnagelvin primary, maybrook centre amongst others
I recently took a late Spring dander to Ballyscullion Park in Bellaghy, I had visited this magnificant estate late Autumn and was keen to see how the walled garden and grounds looked in the Spring. Mrs Rosalind Mullholland was my guide for the afternoon, and I was delighted to see that the grounds were benefiting from some serious work, large scale control of Laurels is underway and more paths have been cut through the unused part of the walled garden, and it was wonderful to be able to see the entire area...below you'll see a slideshow of some of the sights of the Ballyscullion Park in Ballaghy in late Spring...
and another slideshow here....
and the remainder of the pictures can be viewed here
for pics from our previous trips to Ballyscullion see here
for Ballyscullion Park official website see here
I was on BBC Radio Ulster this morning talking about the John Lewis decision to stock artificial daffodils for the first time ever...and it got me more thinking about me own daffodills, which are very slow this year. To be honest i've had no real snow at the house, apart from being wet its been a good winter for me, but for many out there its a terible time at the moment, who would have thought RAF dropping food for farmers in March??....well on a lighter note here's a few daffodils and naricissus from my own wee patch to lighten the mood...all be it 2-4 weeks behind normal...
Now I know my own garden is about 2-4 weeks behind its normal growth. I normally have some early narcissus the 1st of March and this time last year I had all the Tulips opening, and this year they're all still all in leaf, barely 6inches out of the ground. Thsi is because the ground is so wet that little heat builds up in it and it takes longer for it warm up each day. The soil temperature is low and this has a knock-on effect on plant growth. Only way to speed up the growth is my garden is for the ground to dry out and warm up. Indeed in april 2011 I had a Japanse Maple nearly in full leaf...whereas this year...so far the buds have barely even swelled up....
As the other daffs open I'll add to this post.
heres a few updated pics, some more daffodils just opening....3 weeks odd behind last year
2 soil areas got the 'mass planting of bulb' effect in Fountain Primary School, a large bed at the entrance to the school and a smaller area at the etrance to the lower door. All classes participated...it was wet...it was fierce muddy....but the kids battled on and got them all planted....2 great beds of spring colour await us!!
St Terese Primary School in lenamore was the latest group to join in with the 10000 daffodil bulb target, a class from every year group took part and we managed to plant 1000 on the school grounds, with a large clump planted outside each classroom window....the kids are in for a real treat come the Spring time. Pictured is Mr McClaffertys class....who excelled at the task and planted hundreds!!
U3A were the latest group to show their expertise when it came to Bulb planting, this week we planted a big clump of daffodils outside their centre in Gransha in Derry....in no time at all we had hunners of the wee fellows planted....
another big step toiwards my 10000 bulbs to be planted challenge with Housing Executive...
This big bed full of daffs will look great come the spring...hopefully I get invited back to see them!
Every wee bit ground got packed full of Daffodils in Maybrook Adult Training Centre....we worked our way through 500 bulbs, planting in drifts along the fence and in any bit of ground that was spare!....Poor Tommy (Care Worker) felt the pace and had to have a wee sit down...bless!!
Thursday afternoon I was joined by Ms Adlard and the After Schools Gardening Club in St Patricks for a big of daffodil planting....and boy can these folks motor!!...the group is only small...I think abut 12 but we managed to get about 550 planting in an hour...We're making a massive square of bulbs on the lawn as you look up from the front gate, sounds easier than it is...so the p5's worked out how to make a right angle on bare ground, we made our square and then got planting....mighty craic!
I spent a great day in St Pauls Slievemore Primary School planting Daffodils with the entire School, we planted close on a 1000 daffodil bulbs in the school grounds. It was a mighty day and it was great to have the company of every class from p1-7 come out and plant as many bulbs as each could. We planted the bulbs en masse around the car park areas so visitors to the school next spring will be dazzled by the daffodils for years to come...this is all working towards my challenge of planting 10000 bulbs with Housing Executive this Autumn....and we're getting there!!
My thanks to School Principal Catrina McPheely for helping to make this event possible and to Patrick Duddy from Housing Executive for his on going support with this Bulb Planting initiative.....and most of all thansks to all the kids in St Pauls for a really enjoyable day....and when you look at the pics above its hard to believe these were all taken after they have been planting....not one kid clabbered in muck....
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