THIS work of floral art is best seen from a
high-level lorry cab or the top deck of a double-decker bus. As it is, it is seen from a height of
about 12 feet, using a camera monopod.
I opted out of using a step ladder
and clinging to a lamp post for even more height and chose terra firma.
The colourful display is in the
centre of the roundabout in Middlewich Road, near to Sainsbury's superstore.
All members of the Nantwich
in Bloom committee
contributed to the ideas for the design based on
McKenna's design of last year. The flower bed
was marked out by Nantwich in Bloom Chairman, Doug
Butterill, and committee member Glyn
Forster. The planting was carried out in conjunction with Cheshire East
Council over two days.
But all their efforts were hidden
for a short time when a carpet of green chickweed invaded the display. This
had to be cleared very carefully by hand so as not to damage the blooms.
Doug Butterill tells me: "The
plants used for the main bed were orange and yellow marigolds and red
salvias. The taller plants - representing the tall buildings in town, such
as St Mary's Church - are Cannas tropicana, yellow dahlia and Libertia.
Judges take a tour of the town
NANTWICH'S Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Joyce
Stockton, with the two judges from North-West in Bloom who toured the town
on July 30, seen by a planter outside Nantwich Museum.
On the right is
Trevor Leese, Regional Organiser for NWiB and the environmental judge; on
the left is John Shepley, the horticultural judge.
They were accompanied
around town by Doug Butterill, Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom Committee and
Charlie Griffies, Assistant Parks Manager, Cheshire East Council.
The planter is one of
three outside the Museum planted by Nantwich and Crewe
Fire Cadets - plus Nantwich in Bloom
members - in June.
The judges' decision will be
known in September.