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This week Paul and I are very honoured to have been asked to help The Sussex Beacon gardening team with supplying Sussex Prairie plants for a mini prairie  bed in the wonderful Beacon garden .Located high up on what must have been a former fire beacon position the unit snuggly nestles into the hillside and curves around its slopes . The garden is set at its heart.

Having met with the volunteers we worked out our plan of action  ! Firstly Paul and I will design a simple planting scheme using some of our signature prairie plants that would fit the garden perfectly and then the plan is that the team will come out to us and help propagate the plants that will go into the border . Propagating from our immense plant stock here in our garden we will have a choice of  super varieties. Having set them going in our polytunnel we will then plant up the space in early spring hopefully in time for a bit of colour to be emerging in readiness for this years Garden Gadabout in June and July.

The Sussex Beacon is a dedicated HIV centre , which has been at the forefront of specialist HIV service delivery since 1992. The ten bedded unit cares for people recovering from serious HIV related illness and supports those initiating new drug therapies or struggling with the extreme side effects of antiretroviral medication. And at the heart of the unit is a calm restful haven : the garden. Green space and the peaceful courtyard will be the perfect place for the plants we love to encourage bird and insect life into the garden. The gentle noise of grasses moving and the soft colours will be beautiful there.Paul and I are really looking forward to this project and getting to know further the wonderful volunteers who are working to make the whole place such a success.


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Is worth a whole bunch of birds nest fungus !

picture by Graham Heathcote

never have all your eggs in one nest !

Paul and I were introduced to our very healthy crop of Birds Nest Fungus by a truly delightful garden visitor today Graham Heathcote ,who happened to be a fungus expert.Rushing into the tea shop all a twitter ,he grabbed us and dragged us out to the borders. He had seen it growing in the compost at the edge of our pond side border by chance and wanted to point it out to us !! Amazing ! The fungus is the size of a mini thimble and when you look at it closely it appears to be like a rough cone shaped nest with the pores nestled inside  like birds eggs.A really pretty little thing !

Graham kindly fills in the detail ” The latin name for the fungus is Cyathus striatus.  This is the right time of year for it and it is generally described as growing on dead twigs, fir cones or stumps, so my guess is that the spores were present in some of your mulching material when you brought it in to the garden. It is apparently quite common, but easily overlooked where it normally grows in woodland.”

so a rare and wonderful thing alive for all to see ! Thankyou so much Graham for teaching us something so new and exciting  !


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