The Bloomers committee agreed that all our three projects for 2018 must focus on horticulture. In addition to our projects we continued with our efforts to focus on making a noticeable floral impact in the village and to raise awareness and our profile as a relatively new group.
In autumn businesses cooperated with the Bloomers by purchasing winter hanging baskets of variegated pineapple mint, Latium ‘White Nancy’, winter flowering pansies and daffodils tete a tete and dwarf cypress trees. In addition to the hanging baskets the Bloomers raised funds to purchase eight troughs placed on the Waitrose railings.
They were fitted and planted up by volunteers with the same planting scheme as the hanging baskets. All the baskets were in bloom through the winter until the ‘beast from the east’ damaged many of them. The troughs fared better in particular the variety of blue violas which came into their own from March onwards.
All the plants that survived the winter were repotted in spring and hopefully with care will survive to be put on display around the village in the future.
8 self-watering troughs
In Autumn Bloomers were successful in obtaining funding for 8 self-watering troughs which the volunteers installed and planted up with variegated Latium White Nancy, pineapple mint, tea white heather, blue violas, variegated ivy and dwarf cypress. These gave a display throughout the winter and violas continued to blossom until May when they were replaced by summer bedding.
At the beginning of 2018 8 giant bags of narcissus were planted on the Wilmslow Road verges and Ryleys Lane/Chorley Hall Lane supplementing the 20,000 bulbs planted in 2017. Bulbs were also planted for the first time on grass verges along Mottram Road, Windermere Drive and Wood Gardens. Muscari and crocus bulbs were also planted in the troughs and planters on London Road.
Creating colour around the village
The flowers in our winter baskets and troughs were complimented by the 12 large parish planters that are planted up and cared for by the Parish Council. Our Spring bulb displays were successful in creating colour around the village and they added an attraction that raised an awareness of our work.
In spring the Bloomers once again succeeded in working with village businesses, the ‘Love Alderley’ business group and the Alderley Edge Traders Action Group who paid for summer hanging baskets and window troughs. The Bloomers have representation in the meeting of both these business groups.
We feel we were successful throughout the autumn 2017, the winter of 2017/18 and the spring and summer of 2018 in achieving what we put in our 2017 portfolio of wanting a more select palette of colours with better designs over the whole year.