On Saturday I was very happy (and grateful) to have 12 enthusiastic friends come and help on the land. I had been a little nervous about how it would go, as at work we run ‘team challenges’ which are groups of 15+ people who do a one day practical volunteering event and I know how much hard work goes in to the planning, and the actual day its self is the easy bit!
For about a week I was verbally listing things and disappearing off to the 99p store to buy more gloves, rubble bags etc. Then there was buying lots of forks, Steven bought one during his lunch and carried one back from Homebase in Chelsea (which must have looked very odd) and I carried two back from Peckham (not so odd, but awkwardly heavy). Mum then started to get involved a few days before as the logistics of catering set in and decisions about stew vs chilli were made (we ended up with 3 yummy things) there was also panic buying of gloves and cake.
|This is what it was like at the beginning of the day (well almost)|
|A path with proper edging, things planted and a load of neatly labelled pots of |
things ready to go, it looks like a garden!
Volunteers: I was sad to get a letter about how Gillian, my NGS organiser, had died. I had met Gillian a few times over cake at local open gardens and she was very friendly and encouraging especially about opening my own garden. I am a passionate believer in volunteering, and without the backbone of dedicated people who give a lot of their time to support NGS and other charities the world would be a rather bleak place.
Recent obsessions: I find it is so easy to get a little obsessed by plants and today’s obsession is Podophyllum, sparked by their mention by Mark and Gaz. I had forgotten what they were called after reading a great blog post by Will Giles, but now I remember I need to buy them now!