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Plants planned and Props needed

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Lots of different flowering plants and some seeds have been sent out to schools that registered by the beginning of November and they have been potting up and tending those small plants with interest. It is something new for Miracle-Gro’wers to be growing in earnest this side of Christmas, so we wish you all well.

Gerbera We also need to thank our friends at Thompson & Morgan for sorting out interesting varieties and supplying the plants. More thanks too to Marcel at the Dutch breeder of new Gerberas, called FloristHolland, for supplying, via their exclusive distributor T&M, some small plants of their new Gerbera ‘Sweet Dreams’ to a total of 16 schools. These hot pink flowers look stunning. We all look forward to seeing how windowsill cultivation suits these very attractive plants.

Miracle-Gro composts and plant foods are in the process of being sent out by Jane’s helpers. Our plan is to also send out different types of vegetable seeds early in the new year for schools that registered late to have a go with their seed and cutting compost. We will also be asking schools to grow pots of annual flowers using the Pink variety of Miracle-Gro Flower Magic for the large heart-shaped bed that is to form the centre piece of the Romeo and Juliet garden. We also intend to follow this up with some small plants of tender annual flowers that with loving care and attention should be in bloom by early May. These will include some red and white geraniums and some petunias. 
So, lots more growing is planned for all. Hope you are up to it – if you are already swamped please let Jane and John know, so that we don’t send unwanted growing material where it can’t be used.

Last, but not least, is the need to receive drawings and ideas for props for the gardens. Jane has received some already by post and by e-mail, but we need everything in by 14 January so that we can select something from as many schools as possible that can be included on the gardens. For details of the things we need see my update on this web site in November. We are on the look out for attractive animals, other than rabbits, for the veg garden. Perhaps owls, hedgehogs or caterpillars? On the flower garden we are still open to different characters from Alice’s adventures and volunteers for creating either Romeo or Juliet please.

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