There is certainly less to do in the garden at this time of the year, which is just as well as there seems to be plenty to do indoors anyway! Something I have done this year to add some sparkle to my front garden is to ‘plant’ some lovely little white solar powered led lights through the planting – the latest solar powered outdoor lights are now really reasonably priced, and the solar panels no longer seem to require much in the way of sunshine to operate well. I’m thinking of leaving them there all year anyway now….they are so lovely!
This week I have planted out some red tulip bulbs. Tulips are really the only bulbs that can still be planted out this late in the year, and even into January – the great thing is that they will flower at the very same time as any planted earlier in the autumn, just with slightly shorter stems, which can be a bonus. The expectation of watching them popping up early in the spring is very exciting! Last week was National Tree Week and we planted numerous native saplings in public places around Faversham –– leaving everyone feeling tired, but so full of optimism for the future!
Fern Alder of Full Frontal Gardens attended the RHS Flower Show Chelsea this year in her expert capacity. FF Website admin Angela Fleming sought her out at the Pure Land Foundation’s garden, designed by Fernando Gonzalez. The garden is inspired by the Chinese landscape; harmonious, contemplative and serene. The flowing shape of the garden aims to evoke a sense of wellbeing and positive energy in spirit with nature. Here are some shots of the garden which contains a planting colour palette influenced by the principal colours used in Buddhist art.
Pure Land Foundation's Garden at RHS Chelsea
Silver sandstone linear paving
Viewpoint looking to the seated area
Full Frontal's Fern Alder and Angela Fleming
The Vines Plant Swap was the best PS event yet, with many generous folk donating plants and as well as many coming along to collect plants and enhance their frontals …we were even blessed with sunshine for the event after a grey and grizzly morning! Than you all for coming along!
Day at the Vines Plant Swap
Day at the Vines Plant Swap
By popular demand and to kick off the 2015 gardening season, we are having another
PLANT SWAP & GATEWAY EVENT
at the Vines, Crow Lane entrance, Rochester ME1 1 RF
on SUNDAY 19TH APRIL 2PM TO 4PM.
Bring along your divided garden plants, excess seedlings, cuttings, plug plants, bulbs, seeds and any other garden goodies to help existing, new and aspiring Full Frontal groups around Medway.
See your plant find new homes around Medway streetscapes!
Happy to let you all know that we have had a great offer from a new online plant company – Anyone connected to Full Frontal can apply for a Privilege Card to get discounts on purchases…you could call 01323 833 479 or go direct to the website www.perfectplats.co.uk – plenty of great stuff including Christmas page.
Dear Wonderful Full Frontallers!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.