Palm House update – from the Wolves Lane Palm House Crew!

Clivias in the Palm House!

Palm House Update

Although mass volunteering has had to stop during the pandemic, a skeleton crew of three has been keeping things going in the palm house and outdoor areas at Wolves Lane.
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Wolves Lane bean crop

New Crops!

Since we can’t have visitors, we’re focusing a bit more on food this year.
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We have a fine crop of broad beans coming along by the barn, currant bushes in flower by the cemetery gate and we’re beginning to plant salad leaves, spinach and herbs in between them.
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Orange tree in flower!

The orange tree in the palm house has flowered, with pea-sized fruits already visible.

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We’ve also been enjoying the tasty Cape gooseberries which ripened in late March.
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We’ll take cuttings of this plant to grow more, both for the site and for sale – although named because it comes from South Africa, it seems remarkably hardy and we’ve heard it can be grown outdoors in sheltered places.
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The new grape vines we planted in the palm house are also doing well, as are the clivia lilies which took two years to mature.
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We’ll also pot up some rooted cuttings of jasmine – the scented white flowers have been delightful the last few weeks.
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Scented jasmine in the Palm House

Another success has been the pink Brazilian morning glories – we saved seed from last year and they’ve come up in huge numbers.

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NEW – Saturday Mornings 10.30am to 1pm only
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Plants for Sale by the Wolves Lane gate!
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We are missing the public on Sundays – both for their appreciation and stories, and for the little contributions people make to funds.
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From 9th May – we’ll set up a table with an ‘honesty box’ at the gate where we can offer potted morning glories and whatever other plants we can rustle up for sale,
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just on Saturday mornings from about 10.30am to 1pm.
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Do drop by and see if there’s something you fancy for your garden or your window sill.
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Credits to Nadya for the photos!
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— Anne Gray

Wolves Lane Palm House Crew

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Remember: regular Open Sundays will return just as soon as possible!

Watch this blog to find out when!

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