This last two weeks has been a constant round of almost daily maintenance for all the planters on the station platform. Keeping the large trees and shrubs well watered is a large task as they are drying out so quickly in the planters. The foxgloves are still very beautiful but will be coming to an end of their flowering by next week. Our plan is to transplant them into some shady garden areas around the City – possibly Bunhill Fields or Postmans Park. They will be replaced with some more flowering perennials to keep some colour in the planters – nepeta and marigolds are on the list!
The vegetables are absolutely burgeoning – the first cauliflower is on the way along with the tomatoes and some kale has already been harvested by Mark, one of the TFL staff members at Barbican station. We presented him with the first ripe tomato as well.
We are being visited by the judges from London in Bloom on Wednesday so we will be down on the platform working hard during the next few days. Our volunteers are still being fantastic particularly as it is so hot and the watering regime is taking much longer than usual. Dead heading flowers and keeping on top of cutting back foliage is all part of the maintenance role.
Thank you to everyone – without you none of this could happen.
ps We have just had our first meeting about Christmas in the Barbican popup garden .. watch this space!