Starting 2020 with enthusiasm
Well we started off 2020 with a great deal of enthusiasm then Covid-19 struck, Bath in Bloom and South West in Bloom were cancelled and the lockdown began, but we did not give up as there was planting to be done, leaves to be swept up, weeding and of course Spring had brought our array of bulbs daffodils, bluebells, hyacinths all welcoming the community to life despite the virus.
Gatherings of the Constant Gardeners were less frequent but the workload was enormous as nature does not stand still for a virus and as we all got used to lockdown the gardens were not just about tending the soil but also a chance to meet up with friends not seen other than on ZOOM for some months.
Work on-going in spite of virus!
Our roses at the front have begun to settle in and we hope to see them trailing over the walls soon, Di's tubs brought colour to the steps of the closed Church and her horticultural knowledge is an immense support, Mike kept up the lawn cutting and provided the muscle for the heavier jobs, Eirlys, Vivien, Rita and Pete, and Linda and Phil weeded and trimmed and cleared, David energetically cut back over growing shrubs in the woods and did a major job on the Centre entrance,
Rick & Joy added to their gardening expertise with a major job clearing the drains where the rains had brought down silt from the roof, John sorted out the ever falling leaves on the paths and made sure the Council collected the Green Bin, Photos were taken as a record and we welcomed help from both Philip and Debbie when they had time.
If you want to save the environment ......
As to me I was i/c organising, weekly watering when I didn't have help from above and the inevitable litter clearing and vandalism. If you want to save the environment the simplest way to start is to pick up litter, recycle bottles and tins, and teach your children to be responsible and not throw down sweet papers.
socially distanced coffee break
On the island Alastair & Helen enabled not only a fabulous display of bulbs but also outstanding tubs with central cannas - from our initial two cannas Alastair has propagated some 15 new plants which are spread around the gardens.. Debbie and her husband cleared the Dell of a pile of old wood, damaged fencing for recycling for which I was really grateful as bits of wood, stones and hard litter make wonderful missiles for vandals and bored children but thankfully we were spared any damaged windows. And I must thank Mary, Judy, Rita and Joy for providing sustenance bolstering the efforts of all.
well tended garden & woodlands
One of my disappointments was that the wild flower lawn with seeding from my visit to Highgrove didn't take off but I have just re-seeded and am hoping second time lucky. Must have word with HRH on am doing the seeding to his standard !
So we enter the coming winter in good order and with a well tended community garden and woodlands and I am grateful to everybody for all their efforts and for meeting social distancing whilst still working together as a team. Whilst the virus continues unabated hopefully by early next year we will be returning to a new form of normality and the Bloom competitions will start up again but even if not the Constant Gardeners of St Stephens will be back on parade.