We recently pulled out all the stops in preparation for the visit from the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ judges. The scheme forms part of the wider Royal Horticultural ‘Britain in Bloom’ initiative which rewards work done by groups of volunteers who improve their local environment through gardening. As well as our army of volunteer gardeners, our team of stewards have been working tirelessly mowing the lawns, pressure washing the patios, paths and car parks so everywhere looks spotless. We are indebted to them and all our wonderful volunteers for all they have done to get the gardens ready for the judging. We won’t find out the judges official decision until later in the year but we are hoping to build on the success of previous years.

Over in Telford we have put up one of the arbours donated by students from Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology. It’s located on a raised bank which offers a lovely view down the long border. Also at Apley we’ve planted a new rose bed in place of the Hebes by the family room. We’ll try and ensure that we use only scented roses so hopefully on a nice warm summer’s day the scent should waft into the bedrooms of our patients.

All the beautiful Sweet Williams at Apley have now gone, so the team have been working hard to cut them down.  In their wake they have left hundreds of seedlings. We will try to pot some of them up and either take some to our Bicton Heath hospice, or grow them on for people to have for a small donation.

The building work at our Shrewsbury hospice is nearly finished so we have been able to start planting sections by the new sanctuary with some herbaceous plants and shrubs which have been kindly donated. Elsewhere at Bicton we have been trimming some of the trees by our Breidden ward which have grown so much due to the wet weather. Although it’s been good to practice our limbo skills we thought we should lift the canopy to above head height so patients and their loved ones can stroll around the grounds.


This week’s hints and tips……

For anyone feeling a bit adventurous now is a good time to take semi-ripe cuttings from shrubs and herbaceous plants (non-flowering stems are best) and pot them up into a nice well-drained compost, to increase your stock of plants.

Keep dead heading summer bedding plants to prolong their flowering season.

Keep an eye on your roses and pick off any diseased leaves to keep the plant looking healthy.


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