Salutem in Bloom

We are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Salutem in Bloom competition 2020. You may have noticed that despite the current viral pandemic, nature is blooming and blossoming all around us as we move into Spring and Summer. Getting out into the garden during this lockdown period is excellent for mental health, stimulation, exercise and general well-being. If you haven’t entered the competition before, why not make this the year that you enter?

You don’t have to wait for the August 31st deadline – if things are blooming or ripening now, getting snapping pictures and email them to Alison.

Following the success of the last 2 annual gardening competitions, we would like to invite you to dust down your tools, find your gardening gloves and get creative and arty in your outside spaces.

Our winner last year was Greenfields (See Picture above) and they received £200 of gardening vouchers. Ingfield Manor School and the Mevagissey Day Centre were the runners up and they received £100 of gardening vouchers.

Now, I appreciate that we aren’t all blessed with a large garden or outside space, but all areas can be improved with a sweep, a hose down and the placement of either hanging baskets, window boxes or pots. You can plant from seed or buy bedding plants. Supermarkets are stocking seeds and plants whilst the garden centres are still closed. You can grow fruits, veggies and flowers easily in pots too. Potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, chilli plants, herbs, sweet peas and chrysanthemums.… Encourage those people that you support to get involved in choosing a colour scheme, in the planting, watering and tending the young plants. Make the outside area a riot of colour.

We want to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make our homes greener and simply more beautiful places to live….the overall aim is to improve the kerbside appeal of our environs and in doing so, improve our general well-being alongside improving our local biodiversity.

I would like to invite you all to enter this year’s competition. We will welcome all your pictures of your gardening endeavours – anything from sunflowers in pots to sweet peas and geraniums. Hanging baskets, rose bushes, window boxes and vegetables – the choice is yours!