Hi all,

In response to further coronovirus guidelines we have taken the decision to cancel all our workshops, talks and visits in April. Obviously we are disappointed to have to cancel classes before we’d even got started but the advice around social distancing and non-essential gatherings are clear. As a lot of our regular visitors are elderly or fall into the at-risk categories we want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy by not contributing to the spread of the virus.

The situation is changing day to day so we will keep you informed about our May activities.

At this time of year we would also be gearing up to see plants and flowers at West Kirby Farmers market but sadly that too will not be running this month either.

In the meantime, lots of people have been in touch that are in voluntary isolation and tell is that they are going to spend more time in the garden, which is great to hear. Luckily it’s an ideal time to get outside and start gardening, and the weather forecast is looking better. Remember to spend at least ten minutes outside each day to ensure you absorb some vitamin D and take in plenty of fresh air.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and it looks like we won’t have our usual family gathering at home but might be meeting up via Sype! If you aren’t able to get hold of plants and flowers for mum, rest assured there’s lots to be had from even the smallest of gardens.

Here at Fieldcrest I’ve picked foliage from the flowering Viburnum Tinus, Viburnum carlesii (very scented), and Camellia, plus a little bit of purple from the scented Wallflowers.

I’ve put some stage by stage instructions on how to assemble and condition them here. If you don’t have these specific plants, there’s lots of alternatives if you look – enjoy some of your daffodils or eucalyptus indoors.

For those groups that I was hoping to give a talk/workshop to, and for any others who might be interested in what we are doing, please feel free to forward this message and photo with our best wishes.

We hope you all stay safe and well at this difficult time and look forward to seeing you later in the year.