the WI Adderbury & District WI – Wild Flower Gardening – Thursday, 24th August 2017 – Adderbury Lakes & KHH

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Reflections

Dear Members, Adderbury Team WI were at Adderbury Lakes yesterday Thursday, 24th August, removing unwanted plant material from our main site, around our ox-eye daisies, plus hoeing our extn. bed where we have a bright array of wild flowers in bloom. There’s no sign of any growth from new sowings made on our recent wild flower walk. We will keep this extn. bed clear of weeds to assist our plants for next year. We were also at KHH working on our WI Grow Wild areas where new sowings in May are now growing very well with Corncockle, Corn Chamomile and others hopefully will soon bloom. We have one poppy already in bloom but it is a cultivated poppy from plant material deposited before we began growing our site. A wild poppy plant may yet appear. The Viper’s Bugloss is in flower again and we will endeavour to collect seeds in time. Our Corn Chamomile plants are maturing and we will gather dried seed heads shortly, perhaps next week. See our photos of Adderbury Lakes and KHH xxx     Adderbury & District WI           Margaret Halstead...

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the WI Adderbury & District WI – Wild Flower Gardening – Thursday, 10th August 2017

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Reflections

Dear Members, Adderbury Team WI were out again on Thursday, 10th August, at KHH where Grow Wild seeds sown during our wild flower walk at the end of July, are already making their appearance. Seeds sown in June at the front edge of our main border are doing really well too and we’re hoping for a late flowering to look forward to. We were also at Adderbury Lakes, clearing back dead plant material in the main bed. Our extension bed is still fairly clear from our last visit but we’ll need to keep a close eye on the weeds here as they will rapidly overtake any new seedlings which happen to appear. Here’s a photo or two of both wild flower areas xxx Margaret Halstead...

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theWI Adderbury & District WI – Wild Flower Gardening – Thursday, 3rd August 2017

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Reflections

Dear Membeers Adderbury Team WI were hard at work at Adderbury Lakes weeding our main area and the extension bed of weeds last Thursday morning in the rain. Our new seedlings are doing very well but we must tell you that the new plant – the Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum) found two weeks ago on our main area, has disappeared and whether by nature or intervention, I cannot say. There is another single/double siting further along, on the left hand side, whose existence we will check on tomorrow. At KHH, more clearance of faded Campion plants was carried out and here also our new seedlings are doing well. We even have a Corncockle plant in flower in the 2nd bed which is very heartening. Here are some photos of both sites xxx Boost post Adderbury & District WI LikeShow More Reactions CommentShare Top comments Comments Write a comment…   Adderbury & District WI here’s another view of Dark Mullein – Verbascum nigrum xxx Margaret Halstead...

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theWI Adderbury & District WI – Wild Flower Area Gardening and Walk – Thursday, 27th July 2017

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Reflections

Dear Members,   Our Wild Flower Walk lead by Team WI – and the weather was perfect. Everyone had the opportunity of seed sowing at KHH – with a unique blend of home-collected and dried seeds from our KHH garden – Corn Chamomile from 2015, Campion from 2016 and wild poppy also from 2015 – which were scattered over both beds, with some delicate use of the stepping stones at the rear half of our main bed. These have been in place since 2015 and very useful they are too for all sorts of reasons. Dinner at The Pickled Ploughman, after our walk, was a truly smashing occasion and a great opportunity for becoming better acquainted. We then walked along East End Lane to Adderbury Lakes, with 3 packets of seeds and flower-named canes for id.purposes. And the first thing Team WI was able to show our walkers, was the Dark Mullein plant (although at first even I couldn’t locate it) and after we had oohed and aahed over our new Verbascum and our poppies, ox-eye daisies, campion and white bladder campion and self-seal plant, we proceeded to sow our seeds in the main bed extension area, which Bernice and her Sister very kindly cleared completely last October. We created 7 sowings, which may or may not survive against competing weeds and the vagaries of our weather, but Team WI will be on hand to clear away those pesky weeds and water our new sowings, in the hope and anticipation of new flower blooms for 2018. Here’s a few photos including our new Dark Mullein and our other new seedling blooms, from seeds sown in May, which managed to survive against the odds and flower prettily for us this summer … +3 Boost post Adderbury & District WI Like Comment Share Comments Write a comment… Adderbury & District WI added 3 new photos. Published by Margaret Halstead · 48 mins ·  Adderbury Team WI were hard at work on Thursday morning, at Adderbury Lakes and at KHH, making sure our wild flower sites were pruned, cleared of dead plant material and newly seeded areas weeded of grass and unwanted green items, as we do every week. But this week, we had a wild flower walk to look forward to, this very evening at 6.30pm so needing our areas to look their very best. It was very helpful to have Carrol join Team WI for work at Adderbury Lakes – thank you Carrol. And we have a surprise for our walkers and all members, in that Team WI discovered a “new plant” on our site at Adderbury Lakes. The plant – Dark Mullein – Verbascum nigrum – has dark green basal leaves and a short stem which supports very pretty pale yellow flowers with dark centres, the colour of which comes from the violet coloured hairs on the 5 stamens. The flowers cluster very thickly right to the very tip of the stem, a point I slightly missed when first researching the plant, making me think it was a Moth Mullein. It was Andrew Barnes, with his larger Flora resource book, who id. the correct plant. We have been in close touch since Monday, making this week very exciting as this plant was new to me….and frankly one does not come across Verbascums very often. The last such plant seen was along the Oxford Canal at Lower Heyford last summer And then, on Tuesday, when I was away from Adderbury, I suddenly chanced on the same Dark Mullein plant in deep countryside at Pusey, Nr. Faringdon. So its been an exciting week of discovery. Here’s a...

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theWI Adderbury & District WI – Wild Flower Gardening – Thursday, 20th July 2017

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Reflections

Dear Members,   Adderbury Team WI were also at KHH last Thursday at our Grow Wild Seed site where our new Grow Wild seedlings, sown in June, are doing really well. A little weeding of stray grass shoots just to give our seedlings the best chance for survival was all that was needed and then we firmly embedded the stepping stones at the rear of the main bed to allow for ease of planting saved seeds from last autumn’s seed harvest, next Thursday evening on our Wild Flower Walk We have a great many campion seeds available for sowing. Our Viper’s Bugloss is doing well in our 2nd bed at the back of which, a Day Lily has sprung up from the plants very kindly donated by a Village plant sale at The Manor last summer. It sits very well amongst the primrose plants and hollyhock .which we hope blooms soon. Here’s a photo or two ,,,, xxx Boost post 13 people reached Adderbury & District WI Wow CommentShare 1Adderbury & District WI Comments Write a comment… Adderbury & District WI added 4 new photos. Published by Margaret Halstead · 14 hrs ·  Adderbury Team WI were out at Adderbury Lakes last Thursday checking on our 4 small clumps of new flowering wild seeds sown in May. Thankfully, despite the weeds and dry conditions, these survived against the strongly competing weeds, a dock-like plant with large leaves which are surprisingly easy to pull out, all being generally shallow-bedded. Some necessary digging and careful handling about the new seedlings, one of which is already in flower. Here’s a pic or two of this extension bed and our main bed which is full of poppies, campion and ox-eye daisies…xxx Margaret...

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theWI Adderbury & District WI – This week’s Wild Flower Gardening at KHH and Adderbury Lakes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Reflections

Dear Members,   Team WI were once again at KHH with Grow Wild Seeds on, Thursday, 13th July for ground raking, new seedling check – they are really doing well and coming along nicely, followed by a good chat to two KHH visitors who, viewing KHH’s gardens, came upon our wild flower area and were most interested to hear all about our site, our link with Grow Wild of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and our growing flowers. And then, thanks to Brian, head Volunteer Team leader, I was able to put down more stepping stones at the rear edge of our main bed, to enable seed sowing during our Wild Flower Walk on Thursday, 27th July. Team WI also carried out a quick weeding session at Adderbury Lakes, on the main bed extension, which has been cleared of many thistles and re-seeded with wild flower seeds which, despite the thistles and other weeds, have still struggled to grow and survive. They should be looking really good for our Wild Flower Walk on Thursday, 27th July, Here’s pics of both sites – KHH and then Adderbury Lakes xxx +3 Margaret Halstead...

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