Thursday, 8 May 2014

Grass problem sorted and a week of activities

Monday 4th May: Three members of the group worked at a stall at the May Day Carnival, sold plants & raised £87 including a £5 donation. Maybe our signs are working!
Tuesday 6th May: John rang Stewart Beaumont, our previous chairman, who for a couple of years hasn’t been involved with Rothwell in Bloom to enquire about the mechanical state of our Lawn Mower-it’s a wide cut rotary petrol mower by Mountfield. Stewart offered to cut the grass, providing it wasn’t a regular task. John then purchased some more Cheshire Pink stones for the other two planters.
Wednesday 7th May: Richard Gill sent a message regarding dates for summer judging-we have plumped for 9th/10th July.

Thursday 8th May: John & Frances arrived at Margaret’s Garden with a trailer full of stones for the planters.

Also there to meet us was Linda Blenkinsop, to advise us about planting fruit trees and bushes at Margaret’s Garden. She is an expert on the subject having advised Woodlesford in Bloom when they set up their orchards. As a result of speaking with her, we later decided to plant a Quince tree and Medlar tree on the grass at Blackburn Hall. We would also plant Acer trees to match the Acer tree growing in one of the new planters. Look at the result of Stewart cutting the grass with our mower collecting the grass instead of leaving it to rot on the ground. I was able to consult with Martin from Parks who needs access to Blackburn Hall grass to erect & remove the planters from the side of the hall.

We decided against growing fruit trees in the ornamental bed close to the brick circular bed & seats, keeping it for ornamental trees like Acer.
John & Peter then worked on putting membrane and stones around one of the planters.

 The ladies tidied the large perennial bed, 

and the brick circular bed, removed the plants from the Traffic Light Planter.

Stewart had cut the grass and what a difference it made-below Blackburn hall.

Compare the picture above with my previous post. Tomorrow, Friday, 9th May, John & Peter are going to put stones around the third planter.

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