At last spring has sprung and some dry weather and sunshine have lifted all our spirits and provided some good growing conditions for most of the country. Hurrah!
As a consequence we hear from our friends at Thompson & Morgan that the flowering plugs are almost ready to be despatched. They are now collecting together the small plantlets from their growers and everything should be despatched to the schools that have been selected by the third week in March. Not all of the 100 schools that have registered for the Miracle-Gro Chelsea Challenge will receive these plugs - although all schools should have received a selection of plants, vegetable or flower seeds to grow on for Chelsea.
If you get plugs please pot them up immediately. We hope you will find the time to carry out growing trials with one or two different composts or garden soil. We have already seen some great pictures from The Dearne School, Rotherham, showing how some Sweet William plants they received last autumn have grown in a couple of different composts compared to garden soil. Their picture shows exactly what we hope to show to Chelsea visitors.
We are still on the lookout for schools that can help with some of the props for the Romeo & Juliet garden. It doesn’t matter if you are not growing for that area, but if you have the creativity and time we are looking for some more large scale models of pollinating insects such as moths, butterflies and all types of bees to be used in among the Miracle-Gro Flower Magic pink and white flowers. We have some excellent examples from St Anne Line, but others are still needed. Also if you have the capacity to create and dress Romeo or Juliet figures please contact Jane.
Jane and I had a meeting with the Shows Department of the RHS last week to talk about the progress of the gardens and our positioning within the new Discovery area. They were pleased with the progress we have made and delighted to hear that schools were doing experiments and growing trials to enhance pupils’ learning opportunities. When we talked about future shows they indicated that everyone in the Discovery area is going to be encouraged to be even more scientific within their displays.
Please keep sending in your pictures to Jane. They always lift our mood. Hope you enjoy your spring growing.