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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.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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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..

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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.

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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….

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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.

 

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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….

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Herbalicious!

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Low maintenance, high impact implanting!

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Stunning!

 

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.

 

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Open for business…

Please get in touch to find out more…..


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Working in Partnership with Cannington C of E Primary School

We were delighted to hear the the school is going to take on the planting and maintenance of the school path border this year. The school will be running a gardening club and it is fantastic to hear that so many of their students want to get involved. They will receive support from the team at Bridgwater College’s Walled Gardens of Cannington, as well as the expertise of the other bastion of horticulture in Cannington, Brymore Academy. The community working together to improve the wellbeing of its inhabitants and the wildlife.

 

To support getting this project up and running, we are meeting up at the school path border to complete some more tidying and clearance as part of our Sustainable Saturdays group. As ever, please feel free to join us. See you there at 10am this Saturday 16th April ….

We very much look forward to seeing how things develop over the coming months….

You may have spotted some bloomers out and about last night too as Weedy Wednesdays began. This regular meet up will continue right through until the autumn. We were out watering the various planters and barrier baskets around the village and having a bit of tidy up and weed of the border on the corner of Clifford Park. It’s all go!!

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Gotcha!

 


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Weedy Wednesdays Are Back!!

The nights are drawing out and those of us that are solar powered feel a burst of energy. This can only mean one thing – the return of Weedy Wednesdays!

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We will be meeting every Wednesday over the coming months at 7pm in the front garden of Cannington House, which is at the bottom of Rodway Hill, opposite the war memorial. Everyone is most welcome to join us and there is usually our own version of post-match analysis in the Friendly Spirit after!!

So, please consider joining us as we prepare to take part in the South West in Bloom ‘Champion of  Champions’ category in 2016…

There are many ways you can get involved, it is not just for the green fingered, although those looking to further their skills in this arena should come along….

Click here to find out other ways you can help to make Cannington even more beautiful….