Corona Diary, April 2020


How times change. On the beginning of March we were all together at our talk on bees and before the end of the month reality had struck home. About a week after the meeting we were wondering whether we needed to shut down. A week later we were wondering why we were wondering. Things have happened so fast. Along with an increasing number of institutions. we have seen no alternative but to suspend our gatherings.


Rather than just go into hibernation I feel we should try and keep some kind of contact going. We are not having meetings, but we are all doing something. So instead of a report on our last meeting I am hoping that our members can let us know what is happening and I will compile it into a coronavirus diary and pass it on.


For example, we have a little blind dog. Her name is Bella. She requires a regular coiffure. Amanda, her regular coiffeuse, is unable to attend due to the lockdown – so the task falls to me. I am rubbish, but as she can’t see, I am getting away with it. All her trimmings get thrown into the flowerbeds for compost. We have a bird box. We are able to view what is going on inside. It has been occupied. The nest is beautifully lined with Bella’s hair.


One of our members, Julie Brown, sends her regards to all and writes,

I was at the village hall today, I do the garden there, trying to fill it up so I don't have to do much in the way of weeding, I planted allium bulbs, looking forward to seeing what they look like, they were being sold off loose at half price.


In some ways I am looking forward to the forced 'stay at home', it will galvanise me into getting on with changing my garden. I am in the process of emptying my wildlife pond. It’s about 10 feet square and 2 feet deep in places and it got flooded by run off water from farmers field. The pond silted up with lots of fertilised soil 3 years ago. It’s full of yellow flag, which is one complete mass of root, rhizome and new shoots, 


Needless to say I am pretty tired but it is empty of the rhizome and shoots. I am going to fill in the pond so I have to find soil within the garden to fill it in. I am going to put the mud back in the hole, take some turf up as my grass is not good and put that in upside down and rake a hummock level, ha ha how ambitious an I?


I am going to make it into a rose garden and make ponds in the bog garden out of black tubs that I have. I am aiming for a Japanese garden too, to place my Mums rocks and bonsai horse chestnut. The weather forecast for next week is sunny and bright and I have digging to do so I won't mind it being a bit chilly

Take care of yourselves, regards Julie.


We have been getting on in the garden with one of our projects; putting a hard edge between our drive and a patch of grass we call Boot Hill (our pet cemetery). This really must be the last job we do that involves 160 heavy edging bricks, 1000 kg of crushed aggregate and five bags of cement.






Mary Watkins sends us a picture of a couple of rabbits in her garden; The view from my window. Little daffodils just right for their little furry bottoms.

We have an agave. As far as I am concerned it is about as boring a plant as - all the other agaves you might come across. But this one has launched into something rather spectacular by producing a 9 ft. tall flowering stem. We have been told that when they only do this just before they die. We shall see.



Well, who knows when things will get back to something like the way they used to be. All we can do is hang in there and try and stay safe. Hope you’re all still there next month, best wishes, Edward.






Edward Szczepanowski,








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