Cannington In Bloom

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Why do we do it?

“I saw you the other evening; you were all out again on the bridge”
“Yes, we were deadheading the barrier baskets and planters”
“What are you doing that for? Weren’t you judged last month? I would have thought you could leave it all now.”
“Oh no, just because the judging is over doesn’t mean we’ve done.”

Now I’m fairly new to this Cannington in Bloom lark but this got me thinking; I wondered how many other people thought this. If I’m honest, I never fully realised how much thought, planning and work goes on behind the scenes. To an outsider it looks seamless. The gardening fairy comes along and, as if by magic, the baskets and planters are changed.

Then I wondered what motivates the individuals in the group. We’re a diverse lot, a couple of us are retired, the rest work in all different fields but it’s become a group of friends that meet regularly. Each one of us gives up our time when we can. It could be once or sometimes twice a week to dig, sew, water, prune, weed, the list is endless. Recently we tried to put our motivation into words. Jane, our funding officer, wrote this.

“I moved to the village 7 years ago and used to drive past the railing along the Jubilee Gardens and think to myself ‘one day I am going to do something about those railings’. I did do something about those railings along with a number of other villagers and so Cannington in Bloom was born. But why did we do something about those railings? They looked unsightly due to rusting paintwork and I, personally, wanted to make a difference even if it was only in a small way. Having completed the work, they looked great but more importantly, we felt great! We, as a small group had achieved something tangible for the benefit of the village. There was such a great feeling of satisfaction and euphoria that for me, it has become addictive! I get a real kick out of seeing the village look so clean and so beautiful, I just want to smile. I genuinely believe that this feeling is infectious and the knock on effect throughout the village is there for everyone to see.”

Me? Well it’s quite simple, I like flowers.

Oh, and by the way, we remove the dead flowers to encourage the plants to keep producing flower after flower after flower. In fact, with regular deadheading you can keep bedding, patio plants, and modern roses flowering from early summer into autumn.


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Get your wheelbarrows out!!

That’s not a phrase you’ll hear everyday.
Wheelbarrow full of flowers

Get your wheelbarrows out and have a chance to win a £50 hamper from Blackmore Farm, donated by Ian Dyer.

• First find a wheelbarrow. It doesn’t matter what state it’s in.  It can be old, new, large, small, wooden, metal, plastic, rusty, broken, you get the idea
• Now you need to fill it with plants.  Will you go for a floral display, veggies or a mixture of both?
• We would like you put the wheelbarrow on the edge of your property or outside your house in time for the judging (Thursday 7th July).  Please make sure you don’t block the pavement.
• The best barrow on the day will win the prize

If you are using a large barrow it’s liable to be really heavy when it’s full so please be careful when moving it.

Good luck everyone

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A good time was had by all…

A big thanks to John Addison, lecturer at Bridgwater College  and RHS judge,  who shared his knowledge and skills with the people of Cannington demonstrating how to create the perfect hanging basket.

You may well spot some of these designs around the streets of Cannington.


The setting was the stunning botanical glasshouse at the Walled Gardens of Cannington. It was a beautiful summers evening.

We learnt about suitable compost, fertiliser and watering regimes, as well as other tips on how to keep the display going all summer.

In keeping with our national obsession of discussing the weather (a condition acutely affecting keen gardeners) there are reports coming in that we are in for a hot summer.  So don’t forget to keep your baskets and planters well juiced!


Don’t skimp on watering!

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Another Revamp

As you know the bloomers of Cannington are on a mission. A few of the gang have gathered over the last couple of weeks to transform the grassed area on the corner of East Street and Portland Close.


Start of the mission….

The good folks that live on East Street have added wildflowers and other bits and bobs over the years, but it was agreed that the time was right for an overhaul…


Nearly there…

So the bloomers set to it with mattock, spade, fork and determination. The grass was cleared and  the soil was turned and raked. The team at Sedgemoor came to pick up the green waste and before we knew it we were ready to plant.

Local residents and Brymore Academy donated plants and seeds. Kind onlookers brought the team out refreshments, which were gratefully received. The people of Cannington are a good bunch and are wonderful at pulling together… The people of East Street will be keeping an eye on this border, nurturing it and supporting it to thrive and grow.

So,  in went the pre grown wildflower plugs and the donated lavender and cosmos plants. Exuberant, bold drifts of seeds were sown including poppies and marigolds. As we worked we imagined with glee the cheery riot of colour that would greet us in the weeks to come..


Steve is pleased as punch!

A splash of water to settle everything in and to encourage germination resulted in mission complete.

The final watering took place in the Friendly Spirit! Well done team!

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Free Hanging Basket Workshop at Walled Gardens

Cannington in Bloom have developed a close relationship with Bridgwater College over the last few years.

For the second year running  a free hanging basket workshop is being offered at the Walled Gardens of Cannington.


Wildflowers at the Walled Gardens

This is taking place on Thursday 26th May at 7PM.

The amazingly knowledgable John Addison will lead the session, explaining how to plant up and keep the display looking good in your hanging basket throughout the summer months.

John has worked in and taught horticulture for many years. There can’t be a horticulture student from the college who doesn’t know John and have fond memories of his quick paced and hugely informative plant identification walks around the campus. He teaches RHS courses, judges at various shows and has an encyclopaedic knowledge  of plants and gardens, so it is well worth coming along.

Bring along your own hanging baskets to plant up. Plants will be available to buy on the night for a small fee to cover costs.

All are welcome so don’t be shy!





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Get your shovels out!

As is our wont, the bloomers will be out for Weedy Wednesday again this week.

Please join us in a fabulous midweek work-out as we spread wood chip on the bed on the corner of Clifford Park and the High Street. This is a continuation of a job we started a couple of weeks ago on a Weedy Wednesday….


Thank you to the team at Clean Surroundings, Waste & Recycling at Sedgemoor District Council for dropping off the chip and to Jane Tomaney for putting in the request.



Many hands make light work…


By doing this we will be helping to keep the weeds down in this bed, as well as providing a decorative finish to the border.

By doing this now, we are saving ourselves work in the long run, reducing the use of weed killer, as well as preventing the occurrence of bingo wings. So it’s a win, win, win situation!

If you fancy joining us, see you there at 7pm. Please bring shovels, rakes, wheel barrows and brushes.

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Sponsor a barrel…

As part of our campaign to green up the streets of Cannington, we are asking businesses of any size, as well as local residents, whether they would like to sponsor a barrel. Thank you to Graham Bell and Joan Salmon for being the first ones to jump on board!

Here are some examples of what can be achieved, to whet your appetite….




Low maintenance, high impact implanting!




There are many businesses, both large and small in Cannington and we are keen to get everyone involved. Sponsoring a barrel  is a really great way of making Cannington even more beautiful and letting people know about your business.



Open for business…

Please get in touch to find out more…..