Speaker: Stephen Rees
Date: 25th October
Stephen Rees, Coordinator of Portsmouth in Bloom, gave us a fascinating insight into the Portsmouth in Bloom competition. He described the many different categories of entry with a slide show to illustrate the exceptional standard of the entries. In particular he mentioned the Schools category and the children’s gardening clubs, their environmental areas with bat boxes, birds and insects and their well established interest in growing plants.
We noted that insects prefer single flowers as they find double blooms difficult to negotiate. The Front Gardens were colourful and of direct interest, as were the well decorated Streets, with their window boxes and hanging baskets. He emphasised the way the flower filled tubs help to break up the hard landscaping and create people friendly havens of colour, scent and interest. Stephen passed on many hints for achieving good results which included putting plants in appropriate positions, for sun, shade etc. and once a week using a half strength feed when watering containers.
Stephen was enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker, and emphasised that the rationale of the competition was working with all ages of the community to foster good relations through gardening to create a safe floral environment which can help solve social problems and enhance the quality of life. We look forward to the Havant in Bloom competition in 2007.