Springlands blog – 7th to 9th March

Tuesday 7 March

As promised, new signs started popping up in the garden – lots of them, as you can see!

Another day for the Right Track team to be busy emptying the compost bays – (don’t worry, one more week and then reconstruction time), and more forking over the veg beds for some of the volunteers.


Wednesday 8 March

With the imminent opening of the Ladeside Plant Centre (Saturday April 1 at 10am) it was time to get some plants ready – Jean and Daniel, were busy checking over the roses and giving them a fresh feed.

And if you can’t wait for Ladeside to open again, why not come along to Springlands Walled Garden, (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11-3) where all the plants are grown, nurtured and prepared for sale and buy direct from us.

Meanwhile the Sales Trolley at the South Street Café was getting a minor makeover.  The sign writing is still to be done, but check it out and the wonderful planters and heathers for sale there. And if you path does not go via South Street, there is always the Café at Mill Street where they can be bought (Along with great coffees, teas, rolls etc).


Thursday 9 March

It was time for another sortie to the Ladeside Plant Centre for all the volunteers and Jobseekers.  The beds behind the Sales Area were being cleared and prepared for planting up with herbs (mainly parsley and chives), for use in the Mill Street, South Street and CATH kitchens.  Also look out for fresh cut herbs for sale soon at the Cafes.

Thinking even further ahead, broccoli, kale and cabbage seedlings were being planted out and hidden away from the pigeons as you can see!  (Maybe the Scarecr in  The t Ma May


PS The Scarecrow in the background isn’t a permanent fixture!

Tales from the Walled Garden at Springlands

Tuesday 28 February

A frosty start to the morning, but that didn’t deter my volunteers, Shiona, Gudrun (welcome back) and new ‘girl’ Jean, from forking over some of the veg beds.  Meanwhile planters (and more rhubarb crowns) were being prepared to take to Mill Street and South Street.

Don’t they look fabulous – priced at £8 and £10 and there’s more to replace them – great for Mother’s Day, with a bow FOC – Go to Mill Street, South Street or visit us at Springlands on Isla Road.

Wednesday 1 March – St David’s Day

Still frosty, but ideal for Jean and Ali to go and prick out tomato plants in the glasshouse, Moneymaker, Golden Sunrise and Ailsa Craig, – look for them to plant in May and all those red and yellow fruits from  July.

Meanwhile, Poppies and Foxgloves, spotted in the garden, were being dug up and potted.

Thursday 2 March

Back to thoughts of summer, so time for Fiona and Liz to start sowing more bedding plants – Poached Egg plants, Snapdragons, and Mesembryanthemum (Livingstone Daisy) to name but a few.

Hopefully we should soon know our way around the Garden, as new Signage (prepared from wood ‘lying around’ the garden!), was being manufactured – will show it off next week

Tales from the Walled Garden – Feb 21st

Tuesday 21 February

The week started with the Right Track group happily digging out compost material from a couple of our compost bays.  The compost was then barrowed into the blue poly tunnel to be forked in to the soil in the next couple of weeks.

Meanwhile Helen and Shiona were busy forking over and preparing the veg beds

Right Track Team member enjoying a well earned rest after moving all that compost!

Wednesday 22 February

A bright sunny day so Daniel and I had an away day – we were working at the Plant Centre at Ladeside!  Once again it was emptying one of the compost bays, from the compost material we had produced throughout the previous year, over the raised beds in preparation for the sprouts, kale, cabbages and cauliflowers.

Thursday 23 February

Well, today it was an away day for everyone – except me. Still I can’t blame them – it was snowing, damp and cold.  So I decided to make the most of it and plan for a mini forest – as you can see

Hopefully you will see these cuttings, once rooted, in next year’s Winter Planters. Patience is what is now required.

A HUGE Welcome to Shona from Giraffe!

Hi!  I’m Shona, Giraffe’s new volunteer and client co-ordinator.

I’d love to hear from you if you would you like to make a real difference to people in the Perth and Kinross community who need some extra support to access job opportunities.

We’re particularly looking for people to volunteer in our South Street Café and Springlands Walled Garden working alongside our jobseekers.

If you are enthusiastic, keen to help others and have a few hours a week to spare then please get in touch. I’m on Shona@checkin-giraffe.uk or 01738 449 227.

Giraffe Tales from Springlands Walled Garden

This is Kathy’s blog from our Springlands Plants site in Perth.

Tuesday 14 February – Valentine’s Day

A cold start, but hey ho, ‘tis only mid February!  It was a day for Shiona to fork over the salad growing area in the small poly tunnel and Pam and Helen to plant and water our December sown salad/lettuce seedlings.

The Right Track group were busy digging out an overgrown area, putting weed control fabric down and then covering it with bark chippings – one less area to worry about for weeds. Pam and Helen were also busy counting plants.

Wednesday 15 February

At last, a tool shed where the tools are clearly and safely seen and stored, thank you Helen.  Now everyone will have to remember to clean them after use, no excuses!

Next question – what can you do with 6 small double glazed window units?  Well it’s obvious, use them for cold frames.  Daniel worked and cleared 4 small raised beds at the bottom end of the garden and hey presto, the window units fitted a treat.

And finally Helen dug up some parsnips for the Cafes. It’s amazing, the shapes some of them!


Thursday 16 February

The rhubarb is starting to grow and so it is time to dig out some and divide it.  And what better way to ensure those who might like to grow their own than offer some of the ‘crowns’ for sale at the Cafes.  After I lifted them, Liz cut them down to size.

The crocuses, planted in bowls by Gareth and Gerry in September, are now flowering and so at last a splash of colour to sell.

Time to think of summer and sow the first of the bedding seeds.  Maureen made a start with sowing Lobelia.

Now Serving our Food… Frozen!

Ever fancied having one of our delicious soups or meals at home?

We have a selection of our food (all cooked in-house) for sale in our South Street Cafe, ready to be taken away and reheated in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Our soups are just £1.75 with our meal selection starting at £2.40.

Pop in today and try one!

Welcome back!

We hope everyone had a fantastic festive period and that the new year brings good health to you all.

Our shops are now open again but please note all our sites are closed on the following dates for staff training:

Monday 16th January, Monday 23rd January, Monday 30th January

Festive Opening Hours – Giraffe

Just a quick note to all our customers about our festive hours over the next few weeks:

South Street Cafe:

24th December – OPEN 10am to 2pm

Closed – 

25th December
26th December
27th December
31st December
1st January
2nd January
3rd January

and then back to normal

Mill Street Cafe:

Closed – 

25th December
26th December
27th December
31st December
1st January
2nd January
3rd January

and then back to normal

We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us to date and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a fantastic new year. Until then, we hope you’ll pop in for a pit-stop during your Christmas shopping!

REAL Christmas Trees for Sale

Fancy a REAL Christmas tree in your house this year?

Giraffe are delighted to be selling Nordmann Firs again and the great news is you can pick yours up from us any day of the week or have them delivered on a day that suits you.

We’ll be selling from our 2 sites from Wednesday 30th November until Friday 23rd December.

QUARRYMILL (Macmillan Cafe site)
Monday to Friday                    1400 – 1830
Saturday and Sunday             1100 – 1600

LADESIDE (Behind Raad’s Garage)
Monday to Friday                    1400 – 2000
Saturday and Sunday             1100 – 1800




Once you have submitted your form, we will be in touch to arrange payment over the phone, or by Paypal.

Many thanks for supporting our local good cause!

Mill St Cafe Open for the Perth Christmas Light Switch On

The fantastic Perth City Centre Christmas Light Switch on takes place this Saturday (19th November) and we are delighted to be opening our Mill Street Cafe to help feed and water everyone.

Pop in between 10.30 and 17.30 for a winter warmer including our fab range of flavoured latte’s – watch out for our flavour of the week!

We also sell a wonderful range of freshly made food and you are always met with a smile from Janet and her team.

For more information on the all-day entertainment and stage listing, visit the Perth City website!

Charlie Healy will host the main stage – Best known from his time in The X-Factor finalists boy band ‘The Risk’, Charlie is making a big name for himself as a solo artist.

Set list:

  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Half Eight – James, Olly, Hugh and Charlie are propelled for stardom as the next big boy band and bring a diverse and talented mix of vocals to the Perth party.
  • 15:00 – 16:30 – Lorraine Crosby – The sensational female voice behind Meat Loaf’s acclaimed ‘I Would Do Anything For Love But I Won’t Do That’ Lorraine’s act is as big as her vocal range.
  • 17:00 – 18:00 – Slade – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the wonderful Slade and this year they’re on the Main Stage in Perth to get you in the Seasonal Spirit!
  • 18:15 – Provost Liz Grant Switches On The Lights!
  • 18:30 – 19:00 – Fleur East – The dazzling runner up from X-Factor 2015, Fleur’s amazing vocals and huge stage presence will bring all uptown funk you can handle to Perth’s Switch On.
  • 19:00 – 19:30 – Professor Green – One of Britain’s best known and prolific rappers and songwriters, Professor Green is bringing his own unique edge to the Christmas celebrations.
  • 19:30 – Wayne Hemmingway DJ set

Information correct 14/11/16