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Anyone gardening?


There are definite signs of spring in our gardens now…here are just some of the flowers I spotted this morning in the lovely HOHS grounds. Are you planning to get out into your gardens over the Easter holidays? If you have surplus plants after doing any thinning and separating – or spare seedlings – we will be hugely grateful to have them to sell on the plant stall at our Parents Association summer fete in May!  You can bring them into school anytime over the holidays or during the early weeks of Summer term (the fete is on May 12th) and our gardener Mr Young and green-fingered Mrs Potts will take good care of them!




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Garden News: calling all dahlia lovers!


We have a beautiful bed of dahlias just outside the Quiet Room – and gardener Andrew Young is looking for more varieties to add to its impact.  He would like any fellow green-fingered  friends who have different varieties to do a swap!

“It’s coming up to the right time of year to separate and thin out the dahlia tubers”,  he said. “I will have some spare ones of the four varieties we have (pictured above) – two are cactus types and two pompoms. If anyone has some different colours or shapes and would like to swap, please let me know via the school office.”

Did you know?

Dahlias are flowering plants native to Mexico, with a whole range of flower shapes and colours giving a great display right into Autumn. They are also related to sunflowers and chrysanthemums.



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Garden Treasures

This time of year may be a bit less colourful in the HOHS gardens than in spring, summer or autumn… but if you look hard there are some lovely sights to admire! Mr Young, our gardener, identified the vividly-coloured Amythyst Deceiver (Laccaria Amyythestina) mushroom* pictured below, and the other photos were snapped on Thursday by Jess, one of our three gap year tutors.

Speaking of being outdoors…if you haven’t already been out into your own garden this weekend to see what’s flying, perching or feeding there, there is still time to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch today! Any good photos sent to marketing@hohs.co.uk will be published on the blog next week.

(*  As with any mushrooms or fungi, do not touch or eat any you find growing in the wild.)




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Garden News

Following on from Mr Bray’s retirement at the end of term, his successor, Mr Andrew Young, is not letting the grass grow under his feet! Pictured here with Mr Reeves, plans are afoot to revamp our lovely orchard, with new trees, soft fruit beds and greater accessibility for pupils. Oh, and Apple Day is returning in the autumn – let’s hope we have a large crop of fruit!

MR and AY