With such a glorious October behind us it would be too much to expect November to be as lovely, but the colours of autumn never fail to delight.
Any summer flowering shrubs that have evaded a prune so far can be cut back now and annual bedding plants lifted and composted. Autumn is a great time to evaluate beds and borders and move, split or discard overcrowded or failing plants. Cuttings already taken can be placed in a frost free greenhouse or cold frame to overwinter. Empty veg beds can be planted with garlic and onions, they enjoy a cold start and will romp away come springtime.
Birstwith in Bloom under the Birstwith Horticultural Society umbrella have been very busy in our village over these past months. Many of you might have noticed that verges are being trimmed back to their original edging stones and planters are appearing in strategic places to brighten some of our benches and bus stops. Volunteers have also been planting daffodil and crocus bulbs. Our team is growing from strength to strength and many thanks go to all those who have given their time, but every one can help us with this project.
It is as simple as sweeping paths, pulling weeds from verges and path edges, planting up driveways and gateways and generally taking care of our own little piece of the village. Our judging route this year will be from the doctors surgery down the main road to the allotments and the parish church.
We are keen to have sponsorships and or donations from any individual, business or group who would like to help us make a difference. Our entry form for the ” Village category” in the “In Bloom Competition” is already submitted and we have lots to do. If you feel you can help us in any way please get in touch with:-
Amy Holmes 07703857662
Maureen Smith 779885
NB Just £25 will buy us a planter and £60 will buy it and fill it with compost and plants. Keep your eyes peeled for coming events or check out our web site.