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A New Garden!

Tuesday 15th January

From kitsch garden gnomes and overgrown ivy, to vibrant pansy plants and numerous attempts at growing chilli peppers. It was a place of joy which I was sad to say goodbye to.

Last summer I said farewell to my first garden. For nearly ten years I had looked after the little courtyard space, albeit mainly in the summer. I can safely say, I’m a fair-weather gardener! Every Spring I would peer out of the conservatory doors, eyeing up what work needed to be done, looking forward to filling it with colour.

But 2019 brings a bigger garden, with actual grass! There have been whispers of sheds, shrubs and what we will fill our newly-acquired vegetable patch with. This weekend I attended the monthly garden volunteer meeting and learnt all about heritage potatoes and companion planting. So, with my head swimming with ideas, I’m looking forward to getting started... let’s have a cup of tea first though, it’s a bit chilly out there!

By Vik Burnand

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A Garden to Me

Wednesday 9th January

A garden to me is the most fun if you can throw a ball as hard as possible along the length of it and still not touch the edges. While away recently, my puppy enjoyed playing games with me in our holiday garden. The grass underfoot was soft, green and mossy. There were shelters to explore along the edges of the garden and a child's Wendy house built out of wood covered with overgrown brambles and climbers. A tree at the end of the garden was steeped in a layer of crunchy brown leaves it had shed for the winter. Each morning I'd climb into my wellies and take a ball out to play with the dog in this new, exciting space which had plenty of new scents to investigate. A gate at the end led to the forest beyond. One morning we awoke to see a baby deer in our garden, my most magical memory of the week which has stayed with me since coming home.

By Sar Clark

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Happy New Year

Wednesday 2nd January

Ah thoughts of ‘Newness’ as the year turns. My daughter just told me “gardens are like families, they need be planted together so they can lean on each other and be able to grow”.

So little wise one, what else do you know? What of our climate dilemma? Solutions for untangling ourselves from years of converging nation states? Wonder how our 16-year-old future selves, might re-organise the whole shenanigans, and what future they would grow? We might be surprised at their cleverness and implicit benevolence for those we share our world with?

We shared the community garden this year with creatures, great and small. Wildlife, plant-life and bug-life, and all. Wonderful thing is, that what Elle says above, is true for us too. Every step we take up the garden path, each change caused by every move, everything we say, every seed we sow, helps to make things grow. It is just the way of it – Fabulous Nature - that awesome thing we don’t quite understand yet cannot live without!

May the rain fall softly and the sunshine on you all in 2019.

By Sue Stokes

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Happy gardening hours in 2019

Thursday 20th December

From one gardener to another at Southsea Green garden, or wherever you are, and no matter the size of your plot or garden, this is the time of year to sit in your armchair with all your seed catalogues etc you’ve gathered over the year. I’ve been ill and in hospital, so unable to visit as many gardens, but I’ve lots of enthusiasm and ideas for 2019.

I’ve bought my first pink daffodils which may horrify some of you but am keen to see them in my daffodil collection. Another first is scented tulips which I will bring into the house later.

I’ve sheltered my camelias and fed them coffee grounds - produced beautiful blooms last summer. I’ve filled my hanging baskets with pansies for colour and prepared for winter, not forgetting the birds’ seed and meal-worm. I’ve placed a hedgehog house in a sheltered spot and will leave a little dried cat food out for them. Hope the winter won’t be too horrendous! Wishing you all best wishes for Christmas-time, and many happy gardening hours in 2019.

By Pat Brain (Patron of Southsea Green)

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Never be lonely

Thursday 13th December

What a turbulent time we’ve had this year, in so many ways - wondering where we’ll be in a few weeks’ time? Well we can be sure most of us will be cosy in a place we call home, but as we known for some, the homeless and the isolated, that’s not a great place! A lot of what we’ve done this year, steps beyond growing plants and sticking up for our oldest trees. It’s been in providing skillshops to give people a taste of things they’ve never tried, but also to say hello to those who perhaps have not many family and friends around them.

The community garden is much more than a garden gate. It’s a welcoming smile and a hug for anyone sad or lonely. I’m very proud of this, and of all the gorgeous people who have helped with providing company and help to those who pluck up the courage to step inside the gate - wishing you all the cosy-ness and peace of Christmas, however, you celebrate it -never be lonely! Keep in touch.

by Sue Stokes

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Winter Arrving

Wednesday 5th December

As Winter arrives the colours in our gardens change from the Autumn landscape glow of Lavenders, Michaelmas daisies, Hydrangeas and the Buddleia Butterfly bushes. Say ' Hello ' to the yellow Winter Jasmine shrub and the Evergreen Holly covered with red berries, or the yellow variegated, ( Golden Queen ) Holly and the colourful foliage Holly leaves of ( Marginata Pendula ) Crowned and covered with red berries.

View the pretty Cordate ( Chameleon ) perennial with it's exciting, almost heart shaped leaves flashed with red, yellow and green, or the Acer deciduous tree ( Flamingo ) with its variegation of leaves distinctly marked white and green, edged with pink, so eye-catching. So!... Open your eyes and notice the glorious changes in the Winter sunshine, along the Street gardens and hedgerows as you wind your way to our own Southsea Green garden at Canoe Lake. Enjoy....

Big thanks to Awards for All and Canoe Lake Leisure for our lovely venue, and Peta who coordinated our Skillshops for so many local families, and thanks to all who came, and for your Foodbank gifts. You can contribute directly to Foodcycle

www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/portsmouth-hub/

by Irene Strange