Both Abernethy and Aberargie have recently set up In Bloom Groups. Volunteers are coming together to improve the environment using gardening as a tool. Abernethy in Bloom launched at the Cree’s in mid January with lots of ideas on how to bring more colour to the village and encourage people to get involved.
You don’t have to be an expert or know anything at all about gardening just have an enthusiasm for and care passionately about your surroundings and where you live and work.
Thanks to all those who have already volunteered their time.
Abernethy Primary School is taking part and we are hoping to encourage all the various businesses in and around Abernethy to support us. As the weather warms up you will start to see more tubs and floral features around the village. We are going to hold a best summer tub and window box competition open to all - watch out for details. We will be helping the Horticultural Society re-development of Peattie’s Garden and continue the planting and tending of the Village Fruit Tree Trail. We will be planting lots of bulbs around the village in the Autumn. In December we want to hold a home-made produce and food fayre with lighting up and decoration of the village and a special Christmas tree in Nurse Peattie's Garden.
Next year we hope to develop an information map of all the green and beautiful places in the village to put in the Museum and other public locations and make Abernethy an even more attractive destination for visitors.
Hazel Gordon of Berryfields Tearoom has volunteered to be secretary of Abernethy in Bloom. If you would like to do something to help or have ideas on what features you would like to see in the village you can drop in and let her know or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org 851190
For more details of both the Horticultural Society and Abernethy in Bloom please visit www.abernethyhorticultural.co.uk
To celebrate the start-up of Abernethy in Bloom we want to encourage as many of the readers of the Crier as possible to help fill the village with flowers this summer. So, we are holding a competition to find the most beautiful planted container. Any container will do – tub, window box, hanging basket, trough, barrel, bowl, box – whatever you have that you can grow something in. There are no formal requirements or strict rules as to size or what plants you can use and no particular theme. We just want you to create something colourful and eye-catching using whatever plants you like to brighten up your street or garden.
Containers should be visible from the road or pathway to make judging easy. Judging will take place in the last week of July and there will be prizes and a cup for the overall winner.
To enter, just complete the form printed below or download a form from
www.abernethyhorticultural.co.uk or collect one from Hazel at Berryfields Tearoom. Return it before the end of June indicating how many containers you are entering. All entrants will be notified in advance of precisely when judging will take place. Look out for our posters round the village too.
When we launched our Bloomin’ Marvellous competition in the last issue of the Crier we were not sure how many, if any, people would enter. We were really thrilled when we received forty-eight responses for our first (and hopefully annual) container competition entering either one or a whole gardenful of pots and hanging baskets. Despite the dismal summer to date there is a riot of colour in many gardens around the village to cheer up the grey days.
The judges had six main items on their check-list: choice and combination of plants, health and growth, use of colour and texture, the container itself, overall visual impact and how surroundings are enlivened. Many traditional bedding plants were at their peak of perfection. The begonia emerged as the star with some extraordinary displays in tubs and hanging baskets of glorious colour and phenomenal size. Fuchsias, petunias, violas, marigolds and lobelia looked pretty wherever they appeared. Traditional red geraniums stood out vibrantly against whitewashed walls. Lilies, dahlias, crocosmia, pinks, astilbe, agapanthus, roses, vinca and ivy varied and complemented displays. Doorways and windows were framed by colour and scent. The judging was very close with many half marks awarded and much discussion over endless cups of tea and coffee. There were so many lovely little details to note and definite personality and style emerged in what people had chosen to plant in their containers and how they presented them. In addition to private gardens, both Berryfields and the Inn entered and showed how small public spaces can be made to look attractive and inviting. Teacups amid the violas and lobelia at Berryfields and teapots filled with nasturtiums at the Inn. Certain streets deserve a special mention as they were transformed – Ballo Braes and Clunie Street both looked stunning. The judges remarked how many lovely gardens there are in Abernethy which should be celebrated and better known and enjoyed by more people. Suggestions for holding a Village Open Gardens event, and a best street/best garden competition in the future were made by several peo- ple. If you would be interested in taking part please get in touch.
The standard was high all round and decisions were difficult but taking very many factors into consideration, the winners are:
First prize: Margaret Cole, The Smiddy, 10 Main Street for a garden – front, back and side – full of gloriously healthy and colourful blooms in unusual containers.
Second: (joint) Elsa and Mike Thomson, East Bank Cottage, Perth Road. Both Elsa and Mike entered separately and both scored highly for quality, variety and overall impact.
Third: Chris Farmer, Gattaway. Although Chris entered only one item, his large tub at the bottom of the Gattaway Hill on the main road, this radiated a jewel-like brightness spilling over onto the surrounding grass with further plants amid the grass.
The winners will all receive vouchers and a cup will be presented to Margaret Cole.
Congratulations to them and to everyone who took the time to take part and who has made Abernethy a more beautiful place to live:
Dave & Celia King,
Eve & Kevin,
R G MacDonald (Bob),
Keir Allen & Rachel Battilana,
Beth Gordon (at Berryfields),
Many thanks must go to our guest judge and long-time Abernethy resident, Margaret Skinner.
Thanks too to Margaret Donaldson, In Bloom Treasurer, who twisted a few arms to persuade shy gardeners to enter.
Photos of the entries can be found at www.abernethyhorticultural.co.uk .
We hope you will also have noticed and are enjoying the Abernethy in Bloom containers around the village:
at the War Memorial,
at the bottom of School Wynd,
by the bus stop and
near the notice board by the Corn Kist.
These were made by Ian Lamond using old potato boxes generously donated by Branstons and the remains of an old IKEA bunk bed (101 things you can do with….) and filled with compost provided by Binn.
Our work in renovating Nurse Peattie’s garden continues. Thanks to everyone who is helping with watering, weeding and digging!
This is our first year as Abernethy in Bloom and we hope to develop our activities in years to come. We are intending to enter the national In Bloom competitions in 2016. If you would like to get involved with us please get in touch and we can tell you more - or let us have any ideas of what you would like to see Abernethy in Bloom do next.
Abernethy in Bloom has just celebrated its first birthday and experienced a full year of what the weather can throw at us! The bulbs we planted in Nurse Peattie’s Garden last Autumn are beginning to make an appearance and offer hope that Spring is coming and this Winter’s driving wind and rain will not last forever. I am writing this at the end of January when we are all suffering a bit from cabin fever and wishing we had invested in sun lamps. However, we have also taken advantage of the dark days to plan for summer colour and look forward to getting outside again.
Saturday May 7 from 2-4 To mark the completion of phase one of our redevelopment of Nurse Peattie’s Garden, we shall be holding an event for all the family in the Garden. Please watch the village notice boards for more information. We would particularly like to invite and welcome anyone who was a patient of Nurse Peattie or knew her personally. We hope the event will have a few “medical” overtones.
Saturday July 30 Judging the second annual Abernethy Container competition and our new Best Street competition. After the success of last year’s Bloomin’ Marvellous event we are hoping for even more en- tries this year. We have also had a request for an award for the Best Bloomin’ Street. Further details and entry forms will appear in the next issue of the Crier.
Village planters We are aiming to have more of the green and cream planters this year – including at the two ends of the village. Following various comments and requests we are going to fill them with bolder and brighter colour. If any of the village businesses or associations would like to sponsor a planter, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Christmas tree and Christmas lights fund Some of you may have witnessed our valiant attempts at putting up and decorating our very large and beautiful Christmas tree which stood near the roundabout by the fence in Nurse Peattie’s Garden over the Festive season. We put it up not once but twice! The terrific gales in early December felled the tree when the base gave way. Thanks to Perth and Kinross Council’s rapid response team who arrived with 28 bags of concrete the base was restored. Joint efforts by the Community Council and Abernethy in Bloom with help from some hefty farm machinery from the Baird family and stout wire from Jimmy Swan saw the tree heaved back into place only hours before the Carol Service in the garden on 11 December. The storms abated just long enough for a good crowd to come along and for singing to take place. We were delighted to raise £130 – half for the Church and half for the Christmas lights fund.
Together with a range of other donations which came in following Les McIntosh’s article and appeal in the last Crier, the fund has now reached £525. This is a great start towards the £1800 we need and sincere thanks are due to everyone who has contributed to date. We will continue to raise funds and welcome further donations until early May.
If you have not already contributed and would like to, Les McIntosh has set up a JustGiving website (he gives full details about this elsewhere in this issue of the Crier). We will also keep our collection tin in the shop. You can see progress towards our target on the thermometer in Nurse Peattie’s Garden and on the village notice boards. Here you can also find details of all our activities.
If you would like to get involved with the work of Abernethy in Bloom and help make our village an even more beautiful place to live, work and visit, please get in touch. Caroline Boyle on behalf of Abernethy in Bloom email@example.com
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Nurse Peattie’s Garden - 50th Birthday
On 7 May we celebrated 50 years of Nurse Peattie’s with a party to mark the end of Phase 1 of renovations to the garden. About 60 people came along on one of the first warm days of the gardening season and we were delighted to welcome three representatives of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland to unveil the new sign and begin a new era for the garden. We had a lovely feature article in the Courier which provided personal testimony of a much loved figure. If you haven’t visited Nurse Peattie’s recently please do go along and sit on one of the benches and relax in the sunshine. We hope we have made a place people will enjoy and want to make greater use of. There is a new fence, new gravel, new walling, replanted beds and various features designed to honour Nurse Peattie’s long career in the village. Renovation work was a great team effort by all in Abernethy in Bloom with generous help and support from Abernethy Horticultural Society, Perth and Kinross Council, local firms Branston, Binn, FSEW Ltd, and Jamesfield Garden Centre. Special thanks are due to Frank Cadger who did the wonderful joinery for the new sign at the entrance to the garden. The children in Mrs Hepburn’s class at the Primary School held a competition to make special welcome posters for the event and Lucy Jones aged 7 designed the winning poster. Due to a very generous donation from Branston we are now in a position to start Phase 2 of our works which will include new steps and handrail, the cleaning of the memorial stones and a new archway.
Christmas Lights Fund
Hot off the press news is that we have reached our target of £2,000 for the installation of electricity in the garden and purchase of Christmas lights. Thanks to everyone in the village who donated to Abernethy in Bloom or via the Just Giving site. The whip round we held on May 7 got us to the finishing post. We hope to make Christmas in Abernethy even more special this year.
Bloomin’ Marvellous Container Competition
Last year we launched the Abernethy Container Competition and had a fantastic number of entrants from all parts of the village. We are running the competition again this year with a judging date of the last Saturday in July. Like last year we are looking for the most beautiful planted container. Any container will do – tub, window box, hanging basket, trough, barrel, whatever you have that you can grow something in. There are no formal rules as to size or what plants to use and no particular theme. The judges will be looking for something healthy, colourful and eye-catching which brightens up your street or garden.
Containers should be visible from the road or pathway to make judging easy. Prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded.
We have also been asked to run a second competition for the best Bloomin’ street. So why not try and persuade your neighbours to enter and have a go at winning the best street, road, wynd prize.
To enter just complete the form below or download a form from:www.abernethyhorticultural.co.uk or pick one up from the following:
Maureen Corbishley 1 Ballo Braes
Bill Christie 31 Castlelaw Crescent
Margaret Donaldson Rowan Bank Back Dykes
Ian Lamond 12 The Glebe
or the front desk at the Museum.
Return it by the end of June indicating how many containers you are entering. All entrants will be notified in advance of when judging will take place.
Look out for posters round the village too.
As summer fast approaches Abernethy in Bloom will be planting up our own containers throughout the village. We are aiming to make a very colourful splash this year.
If you would like to get involved with the work of Abernethy in Bloom - and we always welcome new people - please get in touch.
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Our second annual Bloomin’ Marvellous competition was judged on Saturday July 30. We had 45 entries and the judges had some very difficult decisions to make. They were really impressed by the imagination and quality of all the entries and the consistently high standards. There were so many delights for the eye. It was evident just how much people love their gardens and their pots. Even the darkest and most unpromising corners were transformed. The Begonia still rules as the most vibrant and popular bloom but coming up hard on its heels this year there was a sea of Nasturtiums, Alstromeria, Bacopa, Cosmos, Osteospermum and multi-coloured Pansies. A wide variety of containers were used. Wishing wells were particularly in vogue for 2016 with tea pots, chamber pots and wellington boots all in service. Some people had even made their own containers. Exciting colour combinations including what one contestant called the Sweetie Shop look, different textures and gorgeous fragrances all enhanced the judging experience.
The winners of the Container competition for 2016 are:
First Lorna Irving of Wallflower Cottage, Back Dykes
Second Gill Boardman of 5 Sutherland Crescent
Third Elsa & Mike Thompson of Eastbank Cottage, Perth Road
They all receive prizes of garden vouchers.
Congratulations to them and to everyone who took the time to take part and who has made Abernethy a more beautiful place to live: Fiona Duncan, Sheena McNaughton, Bill Christie, Pauline Jamieson, Elizabeth Taylor, Karen Laing, Lorraine Kinnear, Judith Tait, Hilary Sharman, Donald Fairbairn, Hannah and Max Morrison, Sheila Tuckett, Maureen Corbishley, Caroline Shedden-Brown, Frank & Carol Cadger, John Hussen, Linda Sinclair, Tony Sargeant, Dave & Celia King, Amanda Sutherland, Eileen Webster, Christina Cleeton, Andrea Cardno, Mitch Shaw, Fiona Normand, Jan Barrance, Ian Bett, Chris Scott, Val Black, Keir Allen & Rachel Battilana, William Sutherland, Patricia Miller, Caroline Haddow, Anne Brews, Andy Duncan, Margaret Cole, Margaret Folan, Anne & Allistair Hollingsworth, Mr & Mrs Manos, Chris Farmer.
We also held our first Best Bloomin’ Street competition. Only one mark separated first and second places and all six entries were highly commended. It was particularly hard to judge these very varied locations – made even more difficult by Abernethy’s unique topography. How does the postman ever find his way!? The winner was Ballo Braes and tied in joint second were Main Street and the Glebe. Station Road was given a special mention as having done great things to improve the area surrounding the horses’ field which is now neatly mown with its own special containers. Clunie Street and the lower part of Kirk Wynd were also a pleasure to visit and see how something done for individual enjoyment can also result in something lovely for everyone to share.
Photos of the entries can be seen on the Abernethy in Bloom notice board outside the Corn Kist. A slideshow of entries and photo album can be found on the blog page of www.abernethyhorticultural.co.uk We hope even more people will consider entering the competition in 2017.
You may already have heard the good news that in early September Abernethy in Bloom received a Silver Gilt medal for our work around the village from the judges of Take a Pride in Perthshire. We were also thrilled to receive the Best Newcomer prize 2015-16. We were presented with our awards by the Provost of Perth at a ceremony in the Salutation Hotel. The judges made an inspection visit to Abernethy a few weeks earlier to look at projects such as Nurse Peattie’s Garden and to get a sense of how well the village is cared for and whether it is a good place to live. The days leading up to the visit were a frenzy of last minute weeding and watering, with a mass sweeping of roads and paths. Our small team was delighted to be joined on Main Street/School Wynd by several ladies who were watching our progress and decided to come out and help - with brooms! So many people have helped us in this first full year as Abernethy in Bloom whether on a weekly basis or lending a hand once in a while. We are very grateful to all of them for their commitment and gift of precious time. We are always looking for new volunteers who can offer individual skills for the good of the village as a whole whether it be gardening, painting, joinery , general D I Y, cleaning – you name it. If you would like to get involved in some way or would like to know more of our plans for 2017, please get in touch. The success of this year has inspired us to go for Gold!
In mid-October with Autumn on the way we emptied the village containers of their summer bedding and replanted with bulbs, wallflowers, pansies and violas. We put in about 1,000 bulbs so fingers crossed for a glorious show when Spring arrives.
Finally – a date for your diaries. Thanks to your generosity we raised all the funds needed for our electricity supply to Nurse Peattie’s Garden which will power a blaze of new Christmas lights for the village Christmas tree. The big festive Switch on will take place in the garden on Friday December 9 at 6pm. There will be posters around the village as reminders. You are all invited to come along and help light up the night sky in readiness for a wonderful Christmas 2016.
Secretary, Abernethy in Bloom (tel: 851190)
First, a big thank you to everyone who took part in our Christmas lights switch-on in Nurse Peattie’s Garden on Friday 9 December. The tree looked magical. We were overwhelmed and wonderfully surprised by the numbers who came along and by everyone’s friendliness and their Festive goodwill. We have a few innovations and improvements already planned for next Christmas and hope to see you all again - a year older and wiser!
It is frosty and foggy outside today but we have the 2017 gardening season to look forward to. Snowdrops and bulbs are peeping through the frozen soil ready for Spring. Our containers and baskets will be planted up in May for the summer. We shall be adding more containers – particularly at the Newburgh end of the village and by popular demand would really like to have hanging baskets the length of Main Street. This will mean regular watering and to do this properly we will need a few more volunteers. If anyone on Main Street would be willing to adopt a basket – which would mean watering every other day – please contact me or one of the other people named at the bottom of this article. Similarly, if you know a spot in the village which you think could benefit from some floral beautification, please let us know. One suggestion is to paint and then place flower boxes on the metal railings on the main road at Back Dykes.
You may have noticed that Perth & Kinross Council has cleared away some of the trees by the burnside in Nurse Peattie’s garden and removed the twin conifers which used to stand by the gate. This was done because some of the trees were diseased and unhealthy, others were blocking light and preventing growth of shrubs and plants beneath them. This year we will be making a big effort to replant the burnside with lower growing plants which will show off the stone bridge and provide new and interesting vistas from the garden. We have plans for a new entrance structure over the gate and the planting of fragrant roses and other climbers.
We shall also be taking care of the Fruit Tree Trail which is beginning to blossom in different parts of the village and surroundings.
In June we are taking part in the Abernethy Village Open Gardens day on Saturday 24 June from 10 – 6. This is being organised by the Horticultural Society. More information on this can be found at:
The last weekend in July will see our annual Bloomin’ Marvellous Village container and best Bloomin’ Street competitions. If you haven’t taken part yet please think about doing it in 2017.
Abernethy in Bloom’s regular weekly evening planting, tidy-up and maintenance sessions will begin on the first Monday of April in Nurse Peattie’s. If you would like to help, please come along - no knowledge of gardening required - and you will be warmly welcomed. For information on all our activities, plans, dates and times please look on the Green notice board outside the Cornkist or speak to one of the following:Caroline Boyle 851190, Ian Lamond 850186 , Margaret Donaldson 850881 , Bill Christie 850495, Sonia Simmers 850705, John Hussen 850160, Maureen Corbishley 850118, Chris Farmer 851001, Barbara Baird 850116 .
By the time you read this we should have planted up our village containers and hanging baskets for the summer. You will see we have spruced up and painted the railings at Back Dykes. This will be our newest location for tubs. We are always seeking new areas in the village so if you have suggestions for places which need some colour, please let us know. Thanks very much to Jack at Branston for his dedicated paintwork. Work is also advanced on our new feature for Nurse Peattie’s Garden which is a specially commissioned rose arbour over the gate made for us by Chris K.
Last year saw the second annual Abernethy Container Competition. We had a fantastic number of entrants from all parts of the village. We are running the competition again this year with a judging date of the last Saturday in July. We are looking for the most
beautiful planted container or containers which really help to enliven the garden or space they are in and bring a splash of colour to please the passer-by too. Any sort of container will do – tub, window box, hanging basket, trough, barrel, whatever you have that you can grow something in. We are keeping it informal with no hard and fast rules as to size or what plants to use and no particular theme. The judges will be looking for something healthy, colourful and eye-catching which brightens up your street or garden. There are no age limits for entrants and we would be delighted if children would like to have a go.
Containers should be visible from the road or pathway to make judging easy. Prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded.
We are again also holding our Best Bloomin’ Street competition. So why not try and persuade your neighbours to enter and have a go at winning the best street, road, wynd and beat last year’s blazing winners Ballo Braes.
Our Monday night weeding and maintenance sessions are in full swing so if you would like to get involved with the work of Abernethy in Bloom - and we always welcome new people - please come along to Nurse Peattie’s from 5 pm and join us.
Ian Lamond Chair & Caroline Boyle Secretary
Abernethy in Bloom