We are getting into the swing of the season now, with the Spring Equinox behind us and the soil warming beneath our feet. The garden still looks bare compared to its summer fullness but every day we get excited by more shoots pushing up through the mulch, and more buds swelling and blooming.
Some stalwarts have been with us throughout the worst weather including Alstroemerias which will not flower until June, yet the fresh green foliage marks where the lovely trumpets will blow.
We have a hardy little Erodium, related to Geraniums, that has borne pink and white flowers amongst soft green leaves all winter…and an old-fashioned Dianthus we call “Giles Pink” (named after the friend who gave it to us) that has carried a single, deep pink clove-scented flower since January.
Looking ahead to the great growth of summer, I am building structures and ‘objects’ into the garden, both the perennial garden and the annual flower cutting patch, which plants and flowers will weave around. They make interesting ‘full stops’ in the general leafiness, which is restful and pleasing…and of course some are intended to be supports for climbers and scramblers to give the ‘flower-show’ height and body.
We have some craft courses that will teach folk how to ‘make their own’. Clare Revera will be running a day course on weaving willow structures for the garden. The first is on Thursday April 25th when she will teach the skills to make obelisks and small decorative trellis from willow (see examples in pictures).
Later in the summer, Perennial will host workshops taught by Clare to make a round fruit bowl (May 23rd), a small garden sculpture of a hen or a duck (on July 18th) and finally a square flower basket on either 15th or 22nd August (to be confirmed).
Cafe, shop, garden open 7 days during summer
The shop opens with exiting new ranges of products for 2019 and of course the delicious salads and Rhosgadw Lamb and Beef.
Café, Shop and Garden open 11am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday from Easter onwards, plus Bank Holiday Mondays. As the summer progresses we will extend opening hours and open 7 days a week. Visit our website for all the details.
Remember we also host Spring Gardening Afternoons (Thursdays)
and the Perennial Garden Club (fortnightly)
Contact Gill Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book a place.
Willow workshops at the Perennial
Workshops will run from 10am to about 4pm and include all materials, teaching, morning & afternoon refreshments, plus lunch in the Perennial Cafe.
Cost – £75 per person (max 6 people)
Join us for a relaxing, enjoyable and constructive day
Obelisks and small decorative trellis
Round fruit bowl
Hen or Duck sculpture
Square flower basket
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