Tim’s Churchyard Update (5/7)

Churchyard Update for the Week of 5th July – 11th July
By Tim Hewitt, St Mary’s Head Gardener
I used to welcome the rain; less so as we continue to try to get wet grass into big bags. But there is a full lushness to the South Border now as it runs up to its flowering peak. Monardas, Veronica, Calendula, Echinops, Scabious, Verbena Bampton, Papaver Lauren’s Grape, Agapanthus, Dianthus, Geranium, Liatris spicata, and gloriously, at last, Lillies, are all in flower.
A lady asked me last week, in a brief sunny spell, whether I could stop my strimming of the meadow as it was spoiling her peace and quiet and making her hay-fever worse. I leave you to imagine my response. See my quote of the week!
Quote of the Week
“Good afternoon, shouldn’t you be at work?”
-Des Lynam
Volunteer Times
St Mary’s offers weekly supervised volunteering in the churchyard at these times:
Tuesdays: 1pm to 3.30pm
Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm
Thursdays: 1pm to 4pm
Fridays: 1pm to 4pm
There’s no need to book; just turn up, preferably with your own gloves. Tools and expert instruction will be provided!
Beginners’ Gardening Course 
From 16th September 2021 for 8 consecutive weeks, I will be leading a beginners’ gardening course on Thursdays from 6.30pm-8.30pm. This is largely aimed at those who might not have considered gardening as a career before but would be interested to have a taste. The course is free and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of St Mary’s Creative Church regeneration project.

Participants must be:

-At least 16 years of age
-Able to commit to the whole course
-Able to cope with both the practical aspects of the course and with some theory
-Able to get to St Mary’s

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, contact me by email at timhewittgardener@gmail.com; again, I’m particularly keen to encourage younger people and people of diverse backgrounds who might not normally think to take up gardening.