Which are your favourite flowers?

Published on: 14 Aug 2015

downend in bloom 2015

Well, summer is here and the floral displays around the area are now in full bloom. My personal favourites in the Downend shopping area are without doubt the rail baskets but the pole baskets and the tree planters come a close second!
Our main problem with the planters is that they need lots of water, especially in the beautiful sunshine we have had. As a group we have produced a weekly watering rota so spare a thought for us carrying our very heavy watering cans around the shopping area to make sure the plants survive! We would like to thank those shop owners in Downend, Quakers Road and Cleeve Wood and also residents around the area that have volunteered to help us out with the watering planters near them.
Have you also spotted the wild flower beds on Badminton Road? These have been really successful and are now full of colour. We also provided South Glos with over 20 volunteers to help clear two beds on the Bromley Heath Road ready for wild flower meadows (we cleared over 24 large bags of bindweed etc). Unfortunately after planting they have been a real disappointment and have now had to be cleared. As a new group we realise that we may participate in projects that do not alway work out - but we will not be deterred by this and will keep on trying.
We have participated in two local events recently. We joined C in the Park and were made to feel very welcome. A wonderful event, especially for children. If you haven’t been, make sure you go next year! Unfortunately it was a bit windy on the day and we had to take down our gazebo early before we took off!
The other event in which we participated recently was the Heathfest – again a fabulous community event on a beautiful sunny day. This time we were prepared and had sand bags to hold our gazebo down. We ran a raffle with lots of lovely prizes donated by the shopkeepers in Downend – so many thanks to them. We wrote names and phone numbers on 1,500 raffle tickets throughout the day so all had writers’ cramp. We made and sold over 40 pots of redcurrant and blackcurrant jelly and also had guess the number of sweets in the jar for the children. It was a great, fun day and we met lots of people - allowing us to inform local residents about the activities our group is involved in.
If any of you think you might be able to contribute to our group – maybe with watering, planting or coming along to bring new ideas to the group then why not come along to our next meeting – September 14th at St Augustines Hall, Boscombe Crescent at 7pm or take a look at our website www.downendandbromleyheathinbloom.com.                     Jackie Baker

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