No let up for Britain in Bloom

Winter break? Not a bit of it…

Stony in Bloom improving the roadsidesPeople often say at this time of year, ‘Well, I expect you’re having a rest now from all that gardening!’, but in fact Stony Stratford in Bloom volunteers still go out for the two work-parties a week because there’s lots to be done in these grey months.

Trees and shrubs enjoy all the rain that we humans find depressing, so we’ll be planting bare-root roses that will brighten up the roadside next summer (left). And then there’s weeding and edging the perennial beds around the town so they look neat for their winter sleep. While the daffodils went in earlier, there’s still time to pop in a few tulips for spring colour.

Stony in Bloom take a break mid-gardeningOne thing we do find is that, though it’s rather grim heading out into your own garden on gloomy November and December days and sinking into a muddy lawn, it’s much more fun when you’re part of an In-Bloom group (right) - chatting while you dig, and at the end enjoying a cup of coffee while you survey with some satisfaction what you’ve managed to achieve with all those hands and feet on spades!

But one of the best ways of cheering up winter months is making exciting plans for next year. Following an inspirational talk on exotic gardens we’ve decided to turn one of our beds into such a garden. We’ve prepared the bed and dug in the more hardy plants, and we’re looking forward to adding some dramatic and vibrant ones in the spring when the danger of frost is past (such as cannas and zinnia). We’re also working hard to gain Green Flag status for a local park and our aim is to create a colourful bed to welcome people in.

** Please note the contents of this blog reflect the views of its author and are not necessarily those of the RHS **

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