Thank You ….. Headstart I.T. solutions

Not only has the local I.T. company Headstart sponsored us for several years, it has also come to our rescue by helping our website detach from a most unwelcome parasite. While we can manage bugs and nasties in the gardens, we were struggling with getting rid of a pharmaceutical company that hijacked our site whenever a google search was made. Headstart sorted it for us. Thank you so much.

Thanks Headstart for sponsoring us and helping us…… with more than gardening

Summer Plant Sale – An unbelievable success

Our lockdown plant sale was more successful than any of us could have imagined. We had clearly not taken into account the need for people to go out for a walk with a purpose, as well as a getting something for the garden or the windowsill. Although garden centres were just open when we had the sale on the 21st and 31st May, we all sold out of our plants is less than the 2 hours we had given for the sale.

We truly hope that your plants have thrived and are giving pleasure. A photo of you plant sent by email to charltoncommunitygardens@gmail.com would be most welcome.

We really enjoyed meeting people at our front door steps and were buoyed up by how cheerful and good spirited everyone was, particularly after queuing in the sun, and maybe then not getting the plant that you wanted.

We made, via the Justgiving site and the direct plant sales, over £1,600, three times as much as we have ever made in our usual Charlton Station Sale. So we have donated £800 to Greenwich Food Bank, as well as having sufficient funds now for maintaining our community gardens for another year.

Thank you so much for your generosity.

Butterfly Update 2

Another month of almost unbroken sunshine has given those of us at home the opportunity to spend more time outside and to observe which butterflies are visiting SE7 gardens. Some but not all have lingered long enough to be photographed. The results are summarised here.
Holly blues are the most widespread and frequent Charlton visitors, seen in Bramshot, Elliscombe and Eastcombe Avenues and Troughton Rd.
Peacocks continued to visit these same roads in April and the start of May but haven’t been seen recently and there have been no further reports of Speckled Woods.
Orange tips and Red Admirals and have continued to restrict their range to Troughton Rd – once again our butterfly hotspot. 
Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshells and Whites have visited Eastcombe Ave and Troughton Rd and Commas have also been seen as well as photographed there.
The tiny mint moth has been seen frequently in Eastcombe Ave – chiefly on oregano – and the caterpillar of the lesser yellow underwing moth was also seen there.
The Bowles’s Mauve in a Troughton Rd garden is reported as being very attractive to the butterflies as well as bees, so it seems well worth considering adding to a garden in order to attract more butterflies.
Thank you for continuing to update us – and – where possible – to send photographs. It is exciting to see that we have such a wide range so close to home. 
Please continue to let us know what you see and we will update our records in June.