CHRISTMAS CHEER 2014

By   December 13, 2014

Dear Wonderful Full Frontalers!

2014 has been a great gardening year – we had such a gorgeous summer and plants have really thrived in all the warm sunshine
….but now we are in the depths of winter and it is that time of the year again

This comes just to wish you all a VERY Good Time over the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Don’t forget…If you are having trouble finding the perfect present for a neighbour or friend you could always
give them a plant for their frontal – or even a packet of sunflower seeds tucked into a card – let’s try to get the towns covered in
sunflowers for 2015’s Year of The Sunflower –

Looking forward to meeting up again at the next Plant Swap Event in the spring! Will let everyone know when a date is fixed.

Great Opportunity for Full Frontalers!

By   November 20, 2014

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There’s good news for all Full Frontalers – I have been approached by a new online Plant Shop offering Full Frontal members discount rates with a Privilege Card.
The website has bedding and other plants as well as other garden related products, equipment and gifts – even a Christmas Gift page. To take advantage of this offer
you could call 01323 833479 or email info@perfectplants.co.uk or to see what is available from the website www.perfectplants.co.uk
I hope you’ll all get a chance to take a look at this offer and help to enhance your frontals!

Looking ahead to 2015

By   November 4, 2014

The Summer of 2014 has been truly magical, staying warm until just a few days ago! I’m afraid I find myself already looking forward to 2015 and when I heard that the Plant of The Year was going to be the sunflower,  I got pretty excited.  You get so much for so little with these wonderful statuesque happy plants.  Pop in a tiny seed in the spring and just watch all that growth.  Now sunflowers are being sold as edible plants, but even without this they certainly always make me smile – and the bonus of providing food for birds over the winter – and giving numerous seeds for the following year making them a very attractive option.  I discovered this year that if you should happen to have a glut, they last looking good for at least three weeks in a vase.

I’m certainly hoping we can make a really big splash of sunflowers around the towns next year – I’ll have lots of seeds to give away and the Spring Plant Swap could be a great opportunity to share out different varieties with each other.   Something to plot and plan and enjoy the thought of over the coming winter months.

 

Upcycling in Rochester Avenue

By   November 2, 2014

My plants were mostly hidden behind the wall, apart from the ones on the window-sill.  This meant that they couldn’t be seen and may not have been getting enough light.  When I got some new garden furniture, I found a way to re-use the old furniture (which I had thought was only fit for the dump) and solve the plant problem.  The small table went into the corner, with plants arranged on the top and I hacksawed the back off the chairs and used them as plant stands too.  The front now looks very full, much more effective, the plants are getting more light – and a few less items went into groundfill.

 

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Progression on Longley Road

By   August 7, 2014


I went back to Rochester and visited Longley Road last week. Brought a huge smile to my face when I saw the street looking really lovely – for old times’ sake I did a little watering in the communal bath and took pictures that I will try to add here! I understand that the residents have a new strategy to get some more baths planted up and larger containers that need less watering and are capable of containing larger species – can’t wait to see the planned progression

More water issues!

By   July 9, 2014

Following on from my last post…the last few days have seen plenty of rain – where possible try to collect this in water butts cans, buckets etc. Plants really prefer this to tap water…
There is a chance that for some potted plants, especially those in small pots with lots of leaf cover, even huge amounts of precipitation from the sky won’t actually be getting water to the roots of the plants…so keep checking!! …I know I know…..I’m still singing from the same hymn sheet as always, but aware that the message is getting through!
Fantastic time to start enjoying the fruits and flowers of labours earlier in the year now – break out the Pimms perhaps!

Gibraltar Terrace Chatham Summer-ized

By   May 6, 2014

Saturday saw the culmination of some major planning for work on Gibraltar Terrace – New Road, Chatham Full Frontal gardeners.

Many months of planning saw the arrival of some very large recycled planting containers, planting medium and lovely plants – all were installed on the day by the residents – wonderful results that can now be enjoyed by many residents and visitors to Medway on this busy A2 road.

A wonderful effort by all the residents, organised and guided by Sandra and Linda. All wish to thank the Community Development Foundation for funding this project through Community First and to Medway Council for  offering support and working with us to bring the project to a successful conclusion.