As always in the second half of October the Stony Stratford Business Association and Christmas Lights Team combined with Stony in Bloom volunteers to take out the fading summer flowers and plant out instead those hardy plants that can withstand the winter frosts.
The changeover began on October 13th with the planting up of the winter baskets in the polytunnel, where they remained till October 17th, when they were lifted up and hung in place of the summer baskets. Meanwhile, the winter plants that had been resting in the York House Community bed since they were removed from the planters at the beginning of the summer were lifted and potted up ready for replanting in the planters the following week. Sustainability is our watchword!
On Friday October 19th the planters were emptied and the geraniums, which were still blooming brightly, were given away on a table in the High St to passers-by who could give them a home on a window-sill. The unusable plants were composted on our York House community plot, together with spent compost from the planters. Nothing is wasted! On the following day the planters were filled with cheerful golden pansies, ivy and Euonymous. Tulip and crocus bulbs were also planted ready to provide extra colour to delight passers-by in the spring. The following week the Business Association took down the baskets, which have bloomed so beautifully during the summer, and transported them to Preston Bissett Nursery to be stored over winter.