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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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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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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Oh happy day!

Many thanks to Cannington Flower Show for their wonderful donation of £250, so much can be done with this.  We’re already writing the shopping list.  Now let me see, we need compost, more compost, oh and even more compost!!

We have also received an endorsement for our wonderful chutney.  bet you’d forgotten we made that!

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Epic day!

As promised, the sun shone brightly across Cannington today, filling us with enthusiasm and determination to seize the moment…

We are pleased as punch to let you all know that we achieved this:

 

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Ta da!

Ten bloomers pitched up today. There was even a return of our old mucker, Kris Scotting, as ever sharing his pearls of wisdom and holding stuff!

 

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Thanks Kris!

Everybody pulled together and worked as a team…

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It’s lucky we get on so well, space was tight at times!

 

As ever, power tools were used to the max and a little envy rippled around some members of the group as Ray brought out the biggest nail gun anybody had ever seen! Ray is a generous guy so he let others have a go:

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This photo unfortunately doesn’t show the queue of people wanting this job!

It was a great day, that got sunnier as it went on. Everybody had something to contribute and played a role:

There was also tidying of the bed in front of the allotment and more tidying of the school path in preparation for the work of the children at Cannington Church of England Primary School.

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A lot was achieved, laughter and banter flowed, we all went home feeling good. Mission accomplished, well done all!

 


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Who’s coming  out to play on Saturday?

It is the third Saturday of the month and we will be meeting up again. 

The meeting place is the front garden of Cannington House at 10am. 

We will continue with our preparations for a new poly tunnel skin, continuing to dig trenches. Skip the gym and join us instead! We will also be tidying the bed at the front of the allotment.
All are welcome to join us….


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Bucket o’ Bulbs Draws the Crowds

A stalwart feature of our Cannington Christmas stall is to sell our bucket o’ bulbs. This is a simple, cost effective way of adding even more spring colour to Cannington. It is also a lovely way to raise funds and spread the message that ‘plants and flowers make you smile’!

We are receiving reports that they are putting on a good show for people – most pleasing. It looks like many are travelling far and wide to take a look!

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