Stony in Bloom is under way now spring is just around the corner

I’m sure most gardeners would agree that there’s something special about gazing at the first patch of white snowdrops - heralds of spring to come

Planting primrosesA Stony in Bloom volunteer sent me recently a picture of the shy, lovely blooms in the Bluebell Wood we created a few years ago. Primroses, too, light up the still wintry landscape.

A couple of weeks ago we had a work party to plant primroses (left) and snowdrops around a pond we’d dug out to increase biodiversity in a park, and they lit up the area in a magical way. A local couple had sponsored the plants, and it’s nice to think that in early spring in years to come, joggers and walkers will be gaining pleasure from these cheerful flowers as they return to delight the eye.

Renovating railingsThis is the park where the In-Bloom group is working with the Town Council to try to gain Green Flag status; already progress has been made. Dodging rain, ice and hailstones, we painted the rusty railings (left) at the entrance. Speed was vital, as the roses we’d ordered for the bed behind had arrived sooner that we’d thought, and we didn’t want to be trampling on them as we painted.

The roses are now safely in, and we’re looking forward to them brightening up not only the park, but also the street alongside in line with the RHS theme this year: Green Streets: Better Lives. The sunflowers planted last year along the side of the park looked so good that a local resident has bought 300 seeds for this year, and local children will be helping us to plant them once again.

What's more we’ve gained a Milton Keynes Community Foundation Grant for a local community artist to work with local children to re-paint the 'down-at-heel' youth shelter.

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