About 4500 bulbs‡ were planted in the north-west corner of the park yesterday. We were blessed with glorious sun, but rather foot-numbing temperatures. Despite this unanticipated coldness, we enjoyed delicious home-made lemonade provide by Jack, who also provided a fish&chip lunch for some of us.
The ground it turned out was rather harder than expected and the portable auger machine eventually broke the tips of both the drills that were used. In the end narrow spades and a few manual bulb planting tools also contributed to the holes that were filled with the bulbs by our enthusiastic volunteers, about 24 of whom turned up for the occasion.
Around 2000 bulbs remained at the end of the day. Our heroes Brad and Mark (after repairing the auger drills) will return to the field and drill the remaining holes and we will drop in the final bulbs in the next week or so. Now we have to wait until February 2019 for the first of the bulbs, the snowdrops, to appear. With the addition of a wildflower mix to the top soil, hopefully there will be a continuously flowering display there until perhaps October 2019 for the daily commuters to enjoy!
‡The mix of bulbs is the following:
1000 Common Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) 700 Double Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno') 700 English Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) 1000 Snakeshead Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) 1000 Wild Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus): 800 Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa): 800 Wild Garlic/ Ramsons (Allium ursinum) 800 Tenby Daffodil (Narcissus obvallaris)