Big turnout at the village hall to hear whether we had won the Floral Gateway Champions of Champions Competition. Sadly we hadn’t. The town with input from shops, businesses and horticultural Department of the local university campus won. Their floral display was stunning but then they had a much larger budget than we did. The rest of us were awarded highly commended certificates.
For a wee village with around a hundred people we produced a show to be proud of. And plants and shrubs will bloom here in our village long after the bright bedding plants in the winning town’s hanging baskets, window boxes and planters have wilted and died.
So as we ate our stovies, followed by a tempting array of puddings, we bought raffle tickets and forked out for other fundraisers to finance a better display for next year. Village children were out in force, faces painted, helping out and enjoying themselves.
It’s so wonderful to stay in a place where vandalism is rarely experienced. In the past we stayed near a small town where floral displays were regularly destroyed, not always by youngsters but sometimes by older people who fancied the plants for their own gardens and reckoned they had paid for them though their rates so were entitled to take them. Difficult to understand the attitude, but unfortunately it exists, and the planters instead sprout empty cans, plastic bottles and assorted litter.
But in this little corner of the Scottish Borders our flower beds and tubs still look good and our hopes are high for the challenge next year.
Please check out the piece on the launch of In the Wake of the Coup here