It must have been our highest volunteer numbers yet – 27 plus a group of 10 from GSK. So we managed to get masses of jobs done as well as the obligatory watering, given how dry it has been. We were cutting down the now dead cow parsley; cutting off epicormic growth from the trees; shaping the umbrella trees in the Italian Garden; deadheading; weeding; picking fruit; constructing frames for roses to climb; and lots more besides!
After last week’s excitement of seeing Peacock caterpillars on nettles, this week we saw two White Admiral butterflies – a first for our Garden. White Admirals feed on rotting flesh or bird or animal urine .… we may not have much of that, but we do have lots of deciduous trees that their caterpillars feast on eg oak, willow, birch. So maybe they were looking for a good spot to lay their eggs?
The stonemasons have now nearly finished work restoring the steps into the Italian Garden. The steps will ready for visitors at our 21 July Open Day. Do come and see!