Perennials get planted out

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Rye News features below another of our regular reports from the Community Garden (founded in 2014) in Love Lane by the Primary School.
One of a number of Green initiatives by Transition Rye, an easy way to discover more is to visit the monthly Green Drinks sessions at the Queens Head in Landgate. These informal chats start at 7:30pm on the 15th of each month and for more information (and any queries on the article below) contact transitionrye@gmail.com
The much delayed Perennial Planting Day finally happened last Saturday, June 9, writes Pip Al-Khafaji , and the plants, donated by Fairlight Hall last October, had been waiting patiently ever since on Nigel Jennings’ terrace nearby as this job can only be tackled during the warmer days of May.
Nigel (a frequent winner at the town’s annual fruit and veg show – ed.) completed the digging /weeding just days before departing on a long weekend so he missed the day but two other Community Garden stalwarts managed to plant all 72 perennials.
These include the likes of Miscanthus sinensis (maiden grass to you and I) which has been planted around the crab apple and pear to give these trees some breathing space for when the other plants get into their stride over the course of the summer.
Tall varieties include Persicaria amplexicaulis (red bistort), Sanguisorba (great burnet), Coreopsis and Helianthus (sunflowers) whilst, in the middling range, there are two varieties of Sedums (ice plants), Cirsium rivulare (plume thistle; already in flower) and Verbena bonariensis.
Our thanks to Fairlight Hall for this most generous donation.
The perennial bed will come into its own over the next two years. Until the plants have stabilised and begun to fill out, there is space for flowering annuals to lend some instant colour this year – the garden is always appreciative of any donations.
In any case, it should look good for the Garden’s main event this summer – the Great Get Together on Saturday, June 23. Please do come along and join us in celebrating the day and the Garden. [This is an “around lunchtime” event but what actually happens may be very weather dependant – ed.]

Photo: Pip Al-Khafaji

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