Since the spring we’ve had two large batches of lavender plug plants come in which we’ve potted up and begun to integrate into our main stock for sale, including a new variety for us, Little Lady, a smaller growing lavender. The weather has been hard for our little plug plants; the heat has made watering them difficult but many have pulled through. We’ve been hard at work preparing for the two Open days which went tremendously well. The turn out has been amazing and both times has been a record in donations. Thank you to everyone who has come out to join us. Our stall at the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair was also a success, we enjoyed our spot on the fair’s Conservation Row, especially being next to the charity Butterfly Conservation with a common interest of wildlife friendly plants; Borage, Verbena Bonariensis, Buddleia and of course Lavender being some of the most attractive plants to pollinating insects.
We also enjoyed being at the Ideal Health exhibition at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 7th September where we sold Lavender bags and plants and had pieces from our Arts and Crafts workshop to display, as well as being available to talk about our ethos of a caring community for our volunteers, some of whom may have Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions, or just choose to do volunteering work in the outdoors. Our next event will be Spetisbury Apple Day on the 5th October 11.30 a.m. – 4 p.m, Clapcott’s Farm, Spetisbury, DT11 9DF. We will have several varieties of Lavender for sale as well as other plants such as Mint and Tomatoes and wooden crafts including Bird Boxes and traditional gardening trugs.