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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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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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Clean for the Queen

It was a cold, bright sunny morning when armed with purple bags, callipers and enthusiasm Bloomers and villagers set out to have a litter picking session as part of the national ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign.  After a quick discussion about which were the areas to be covered we set off.  Its surprising how much can be picked up in an hour and what you can find!

Clean for the Queen

Thank you to Cannington Bakery for providing hot drinks they were very welcome.

Good luck to the Brymore boys as their clean up crew get to work this afternoon.


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Anti-litter Campaign

Cannington in Bloom’s next Sustainable Saturday get together is on Saturday 5th March. We are supporting ‘Clean for the Queen‘, a UK wide anti-litter initiative.

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Clean for The Queen is asking everyone – individuals, groups, schools, companies, sports teams – whoever is keen to clean up their area to get involved in the year of The Queen’s 90th birthday. The aim is to attract one million people during a special clean-up weekend on 4, 5 and 6 March.

A recent survey conducted by Populus found that 90 per cent of respondents consider litter to be a massive issue, with 81 per cent saying that seeing litter makes them angry and frustrated. The Clean for The Queen event started off as a conversation between a handful of organisations, fed up with the continuing littering that affects the UK. Together, Country Life magazine, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the national charity Keep Britain Tidy, undertook to create the biggest clean up ever, with an ambition to get one million people engaged.

We will meet at 10am on Saturday 5th March in the front garden of Cannington House  – at the bottom of Rodway Hill, opposite the war memorial.

We will have litter pickers and bags available for you to use. All are welcome to join us.  Please let us know if you are going to come along by leaving a comment under this post or via Facebook.

At the time of writing people all over the country have got involved in the following ways:
BAGS COLLECTED 297
VOLUNTEERS REGISTERED 5750
EVENTS CREATED 1803

We know that many people and families in Cannington already carry out litter picks and we will add to their efforts. If you have any photos of your work then please post them to our Facebook page.  We can use these to show that the people of Cannington care about where they live and that we don’t want our streets, verges and hedges full of litter.

Brymore Academy are also supporting this event, with a group of staff and students heading out in the afternoon to litter pick around the Brymore end of the village. Well done to them and everyone getting out there, improving their local community.

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Get your Marigolds Out!

On this occasion we are talking about the glove variety rather than the botanical!

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We announced before Christmas that we had kindly been given the use of a polytunnel and that it needed some TLC.

Blooming hard work…

Are you about to tidy your shed?

 

We are grateful for donations of tables from the Parish Council and from a fellow bloomer, Elaine. We have purchased weed suppressant matting and tape to fix the holes. Now all that we need is elbow grease!

We are meeting on Saturday 6th February at 10am at the field on Gurney StreetYou will find a hole in the hedge next to the Old Popham’s farm house and the polytunnel is right there. It would be useful to bring buckets and soft brushes as well as your marigolds…

Many of the regular bloomers will be there and it is our hope that more people will join us. It is a chance to socialise, have fun and contribute positively to the local community. It is also a chance to quiz the group about what we get up to and why! All are welcome……

If there is enough of us we will split off and do some gardening too.

Many of you will be aware that during the lighter evenings we meet for ‘Weedy Wednesdays’. We are keen that as many Cannington people as possible have the chance to get involved so we will also be meeting every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month too.

This starts with ‘Marigold Saturday’. Hope to see you there….

 

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Hot off the press….

The South West in Bloom newsletter is out and is packed with important information about next year’s competition, as well as gardening tips.

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Take a look by following this link:

http://www.southwestinbloom.org.uk/controls/DownloadDocument.ashx?docID=lm0750NCFKCNSFCQYK8196vQff&aID=1678

Next year’s theme is focusing again on the importance of green spaces for wildlife and for our health and wellbeing. Thus tackling core issues effecting both ourselves and our planet, as well as being a great vehicle for having fun and connecting with our neighbours, feathered or otherwise!

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Helping Wildlife

If you are inspired to join us then get in touch!


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Cannington Christmas here we come….

Sorry 🙊, we know it’s early but there has been feverish activity amongst the bloomers today prepping for our stall at Cannington Christmas.

Keep going team...

Keep going team…

There has been coring, chopping, slicing and mandolining by the braver members of the group…

Go carefully!

Go carefully!

We have been making, what is fast becoming a must have Christmas item – Bloomer’s chutney! Thanks to Fiona and Brymore Academy for the apples.

Yum!!!

Yum!!!

We have also been prepping the legendary ‘bucket o bulbs’. Every one is different and will provide brightness after the winter darkness….

Keep going, rain is good for you!

Keep going, rain is good for you!

There was also the opportunity to bring out a power tool, so much fun was had by all!

Ray, the man with all the kit you could ever need...

Ray, the man with all the kit you could ever need…