Hanging baskets are down

The hanging baskets are all down and stored away for the winter and plans for what plants will fill them next year are well underway. After some horrendous soakings we have finally finished clearing the summer bedding and putting in the autumn bulbs. The flowers continued to bloom very late this year and we left them until the first real frosts hit when it was clear they would have to go.

It upsets us to lift perfectly lovely geraniums and begonias but we know with our winters they would have at most another week or two of flowering and we have to press on with getting our bulbs put to bed for the winter.

Before I finish with the summer entirely for this year it remains for me to thank our band of stalwarts who help with the upkeep of the various planters and baskets throughout the town. Mr Mair, Mr McIntosh, Carron Springs residents, Carnegie Court residents, Invercarron day groups and staff, Raymond Christie of the Shell Hoosie, and finally the kind lady who makes up and takes care of the two baskets at the end of Dunnottar Avenue and anyone else I have omitted who has quietly been helping - thank you all. We couldn’t do it without you. Anyone who would like to volunteer for helping with a basket or planter next year please get in touch anytime wand we’ll be happy to point you in the direction of a planter needing a carer.

Our Bulb Sale, organised expertly by Pat Fothergill, at the Farmer’s Market in early October brought in some much needed funds for next year’s supplies of compost and plants. It was beautiful weather and we enjoyed meeting with many of you to discuss our work and what works best for us in the way of bedding and bulbs. Thank you for your support without which we would not be able to continue with what we do.

Now that the Craws Nest project is done and dusted we are well on the way to getting our polytunnel re-erected at the Forest View centre where it will soon be seen within their compound. The weather has been really against us and the mud has been like the Somme at times. Our washing machines are working overtime! But despite all that we have the ground prepared and almost ready for the tunnel to go up.

A couple of weeks ago we helped the Landscape Services lads with planting many thousands of crocus bulbs along the length of Farrochie Road on the Lilyloch side. It should make a wonderful show come spring and we will look forward to seeing the fruits of our labours next year. It’s always enjoyable to do these joint ventures and we can achieve so much more when there are double the numbers.

Our AGM is coming up on November 19, 7pm at the Invercarron Resource Centre, and as ever all are welcome to come along. We have probably the shortest AGM coming up as we have no posts up for re-election this year and so it will be business as usual with our normal monthly meeting afterwards. These meetings are very informal and are really planning exercises for upcoming activities and strategy for the coming weeks and months. All who might be interested are very welcome. There’s not much happening now before Christmas and New Year. We shall be back in action in the early weeks of the year weather permitting.

Blue Jacket