Short Gardening Course

Yet another wonderful opportunity from our friends at HCGA, and free for all!

Suitable for beginners/would-be gardeners, including Ideas for indoor gardening, balconies and window boxes.

Dates and times:

6th June 10.30am to 12.30pm – Muck and Magic @ The Rose Garden QPG
13th June 10.30 to 12.30  – Houseplant Gardening @ The Beethoven Centre
20th June 2 to 4pm – Herbs and Hanging Baskets @ The Beethoven Centre
27th June 2 to 4pm – Gardening to Attract Wildlife @ The Rose Garden
4th July 2 to 4pm –  Annuals V Perennials @ The Rose Garden
11th July 2 to 4pm – Visit to Phoenix Farm, W12

Email info@nullhcga.org.uk for more details or to book a place.

Locations:
The Rose Garden is at the west side of Queen’s Park Gardens,  alongside Fourth Avenue.
The Beethoven Centre is at Third Ave, London W10 4JL
Phoenix Farm is in Bloemfontein Road, London W12 7DB

Summer is coming

Our next gardening session will be:    

Saturday, 1st June 2019  – 10am to midday

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New plants

 

We had a very industrious couple of hours work today.

Steve from Continental Landscapes gave us some witch hazel and lavender to plant today and some hops that Claire potted on, to strengthen before planting out.

If you can, take a closer look at the witch hazel. It is such an interesting plant.

 

Errol kindly helped us inflate the tyre on our barrow.

Here are Alison and Simon planting the lavender.

The daffodils springing up amongst the euphorbia was an inspired bit of planting, thanks to Charlotte’s suggestion.

The wild garlic gets stronger every year. Look out for the pretty white flowers further into Spring.

We had a lovely surprise by the roof-top pool on the Bug Hotel. Someone has planted these cheerful violets.

Winter tidying

Recently, Charlotte brought some willow cut-offs from her garden and she planted them, for which we thank her.

Neil refilled the bug hotel and Ray laid some woodland walk path where people are cutting through.

A father brought his 3 year old son and they were wonderfully helpful by picking litter, and came back with a huge bag full!

 

 

 

Our next session is on Saturday, 16th February from 10am until 12, noon.

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Information about recent animal poisoning

You may have read on social media and neighbourhood forums, that there have been incidents of extreme sickness and even mortality in various open spaces, including our very own Queen’s Park Gardens.

Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the owners of any pets who have suffered as a result of this awful sadness.

Local resident, Crissie Chambers of Canine Culture and our local Westminster Warden, Nuno Reis  have been working together to keep local residents informed and you may have had an educational notice through your door if you live close to the park.

We thought it would be helpful to put it on our website. Please feel free to share this on your own social media.  Thank you.

How Many Birds?

 

With great thanks to the vast knowledge of Andrew from the RSPB, we had a glorious bird count in the park for their Garden Birdwatch.

Our friends,  the Cheeky Rascals Child Minding Group were also counting in the Wildlife Area, where we began. The children were so energised and interested.

 

 

We were there for 11 mins & saw:
Blackbirds
Carrion Crows
Goldfinch
Great tit
Blue tits
House sparrows
Robin
Wood pigeons
1 Feral pigeons

 

We moved over to the Rose Garden for a more sustained session for the prescribed one hour, and this is the count submitted to the RSPB.

Blackbirds
Blue tits
Carrion Crows
Goldfinch
Great tit
15 House sparrows
Robin
Wood pigeons
8 Feral pigeons
1 Dunnock
1 Coal tit
1 Chaffinch
1 Common Gull
1 Grey Heron (flying overhead)

 

Why not consider becoming a member of the RSPB to support all the great work they do and learn much more?  Andrew came to us from the Central London group who hold a variety of meetings and talks.

 

 

These were our results last year.