It’s been a disappointing summer for the Britain in Bloom community, but there are still many beautiful floral displays on our streets to admire and inspire. In fact, many of our customers have been sharing images of their hard work despite the restrictions around Covid-19 via social media, and by sending us photos of their floral achievements.
Although social distancing has made the planting and maintenance of displays difficult, many of our customers report that using self-watering planters has made it easier to comply with social distancing restrictions at the same time as keeping displays looking fresh by reducing the number of trips made for watering.
Plants and displays have also had a little helping hand from this year’s weather which has created optimal growing conditions. Horticultural experts from the RHS reported recently cited the combination of a warm wet winter, very dry May and a temperate June as being ideal for summer displays. Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist at the RHS stated that the conditions have helped ensure the "best crop of herbaceous plants seen in years."
This means that those who were able to manage some spring and early summer planting should be reaping the rewards now. While for those who weren’t able to plant up public areas, there’s still plenty of time to plan your later summer/early autumn planting.
And Amberol can help with our latest free guide which complements the three other free tips booklets that we have produced.
The ‘Inspired Plant-Ups’ booklet contains colourful examples of different planting schemes sent in by Amberol customers, as well as offering advice and handy tips for planting, design and displays. It can be downloaded for free here.
The guide was compiled to commemorate Amberol’s 50th anniversary which we celebrated in 2019. In creating the guide, customers past and present were invited to submit examples of their favourite planting schemes in Amberol’s self-watering containers. The end result is an impressive and inspiring collection of displays. The willingness to share ideas is one of the most admirable qualities of the Britain in Bloom family and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit their entries.
As thoughts of planning for 2021 get underway, many of the UK’s public gardens and National Trust grounds are now open, and thanks to the favourable weather, are another great source of inspiration. Paul Cook, curator at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate explains that the gardens there are in full bloom saying: “Pink water lilies, white rhododendrons and pink, red and white roses are still going strong and at the same time there are masses of electric blue geraniums, yellow primulas and purple irises coming into flower.”
This is echoed by RHS Garden Wisley’s garden manager Peter Jones who singles out the prairie-style glasshouse borders which are “…singing with more flowers than I’ve seen in years with beautiful reds, pinks, purples and blues, and in the South African meadow we are seeing the most brilliant spreads of kniphofia, the red hot poker.”
In addition to the newly published ‘Inspired Plant-Ups’ guide, Amberol has produced free tips booklets around the themes of container gardening, succeeding in Britain in Bloom and advice on obtaining sponsorship for planters and litter bins. To request a copy of any of these tips booklets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01773 830 930.