The Peacock’s New Clothes

Peacock - New Willow BreastThe planting on the Peacock’s chest was proving very difficult to maintain with plants struggling to survive and falling out as a result.

We approached Rutland Willows, who created and maintain the Spitfire on the bypass, to see if they could provide a willow solution for the Peacock… they have provided the most wonderful design that helps us avoid the need for planting, but compliments the planting on the rest of the Peacock.

Take a Tray!

With all the exciting projects we have planned at the moment we need a lot of plants!

To help ease the amount we spend on planting, we have decided to propagate some of our perennials and biennials, ready to plant in the autumn.

Our new ‘Take a Tray’ scheme allows volunteers to care for a tray of seedlings and grow them until they are big enough to transplant into the nursery beds at our new allotment.

You don’t need a greenhouse, just a sheltered well-lit spot out of direct sunlight where the seedlings can grow. All instructions come with the tray.

If you’d like to take part in the scheme please contact us and our gardening co-ordinator will be in touch.

We’ve got an Allotment!

With rising costs of plants and the volume of plants we need to support our projects, the Oakham In Bloom committee decided to acquire an allotment to grow on seedlings and plug plants to support our year-round planting schemes.

In Spring 2015 we took ownership of a lovely plot on Willow Crescent…

To date, the allotment has been dug over with manure and mushroom compost incorporated, and the plants are now being transplanted.

85 polyanthus have been transplanted to the plot and some lovely Delphiniums from Rutland Horticultural Society will be planted and grown on, together with 45 Verbascums that Maureen Jenkins, one of our ‘Take a Tray’ volunteers, has grown from seed for us.

If you’d like to become an allotment volunteer please contact us.

Full House for Quiz Night & Supper

Quiz Night & Supper 2015It was a full house on Saturday night at All Saints Church Hall for Oakham In Bloom’s Quiz Night and Supper, with all tickets sold well in advance of the event and a raffle raising over £100.

Questions and challenges tested everyone’s knowledge, with busy minds replenished by a tasty ploughman’s supper.

Many thanks go to volunteers Marilyn Morten and Pippy Woodley for organising the event, which has become a regular highlight in our fundraising calendar.

Festive Sparkle for Oakham’s Windows!

Fords of Oakham's winning window display in 2014.

Fords of Oakham’s winning window display in 2014

Following the success of last year’s competition, won by Fords of Oakham with runners-up Langrick & Coe Opticians and Abigail’s Vintage Bridal, Oakham’s shops and businesses are again being invited to dress their windows for Christmas for Oakham In Bloom’s Best Christmas Window Display Competition.

Oakham In Bloom Fundraiser, Pippy Woodley, said “Last year’s competition was amazing, but this year Oakham is set to sparkle even more with so many more shops from throughout the town already entered.”

Over 30 shops and businesses have already entered, and judging will take place on the 5 & 6 December – the weekend before Oakham’s Late Night Shopping event.

The winner will be presented with the trophy, inscribed with their name, and held for one year, with two runners-up receiving commemorative rosettes.

A donation of £10 enters your shop or business into the judging and all proceeds will be donated to Oakham In Bloom’s projects for 2016.  Entry forms are available from Oakham In Bloom – email or contact Marilyn Morten on 01572 759108.