The Gardens of Oakfield Park in Raphoe are now open for the season....Hurrah!! I popped in during early April for a wee dander around to see what spring flowers and delights Head Gardener Wendy had on show...and boy was it impressive. Wee rays of colour and interest throughout the gardens, from the tulips and other bulbs to the woodland anemone and wild garlic. And great to see the swans nesting again...Connie and Gracie love Oakfield Park for a day out...and they can do what kids love doing best...exploring!
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
Sparaxis or the Harlequin Flower is a gorgeous early summer flowering bulb which can be planted in the Autumn or Spring (severe cold can damage the bulbs so if your in a cold spot leave then till spring before you set them outside, or plant them in pots and keep them sheltered for planting out in the spring). The colours are bright and varied and they flower at a night 1' height, making them ideal for pots, rockeries or at the front of shrub beds...
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