April is always a busy time for Friday Garden Club. The Forest and Community Gardens have been waking up since early spring with lovely blossom on the almond and apricot trees, ferns unfurling and sparkling blue and white anemones carpeting the ground. A few nettles and brambles are being cleared to allow shrubs, trees, herbs and perennials to hold their own against these more rampant plants.
If you look hard enough this week you should see some tiny Winter Aconites peeping out from the undergrowth along the path under the lime trees. Some are over but a few are still in flower. These lovely little buttercup-like plants are among the first up to catch the spring sunlight, and live out their short growth season before the tree canopies leaf out and cast too much shade. Thier latin name is Eranthis hyemalisand they come from the deciduous woodlands of southern France, Italy and the Balkans where they carpet the woodland floor at this time of year.