Bradley Stoke in Bloom report for March

Welcome planter decorated for Easter by Bradley Stoke in Bloom.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Primrose Bridge

Last year we planted daffodils in the banks of Primrose Bridge but this year we took full advantage of Almondsbury Garden Centre’s primrose week and planted quite a few primroses! We hope you enjoy them. Further along Bradley Stoke Way, we had planted a mix of narcissi and native bluebells; we thought the mix of yellow and blue would be very attractive, but although the narcissi are now all waving their small yellow heads in the spring breeze, the bluebells are being just a little shy!

Garden tools

We’d like to say a big thank you to Miss Jean Perkins OBE, who is downsizing and has donated all her garden tools to BSiB. Jean has had a lifelong love of gardening, but accepts that perhaps now it is time to hang up her shears, although her nephew told me that “old gardeners don’t die, they just go to pot!” We’re sad to hear Jean can no longer get out into her lovely garden, but very grateful for the tools and we’ll put them to good use.

Some of our tools were damaged after a break in, but we’d also like to say “thank you” to Colin Davies, who managed to repair them for us (and for free).

Planting work

The last of the 730 bulbs donated to us by Bradley Stoke Lions have been planted and we’re hopeful that in a year or so the path from Cornfield Close to The Common East may be named Bluebell Walk – well we can but hope!

We are also planning, with the help of the Chinese Association, to plant a monkey puzzle tree, with chrysanthemums on the roundabout into the town centre. As many of you already know, 2016 is the year of the fire monkey and chrysanthemums are his lucky flower. (Interestingly, monkey years are all multiples of 12 – from 12 AD, through 1200 AD, to 2016.) Although it seems the amount of paperwork needed to make this happen requires the felling of a small forest, we are slowly getting through it.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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