Blooming Blogs

Blooming Buddies Blog – Summer 2019 Update ………

The well established bed under 2 trees by the canal shows how successful Right Plant – Right Place can be. In deep, dry shade this bed is currently glowing with white cyclamen and is just as beautiful as the white hellebores were in spring.

Nearby, the small triangular bed between the sandstone bridge, black metal hand rail and brick steps was recently replanted with structural plants to suit their position. These plants have filled out over the summer and the red hot pokers are having a second flowering at the moment.

Blooming Buddies are now turning their attention to enhancing the edges of the tow path with rocks and appropriate planting for a south facing border in front of a hedge. We are raiding our own gardens for plants.

Sheep Island Update …….

As everyone is aware, we were going to tidy up the Sheep Island as the yellow rattle had not survived the hot summer of 2018 and this year was totally overgrown.

The Island and it’s planting has always been ahead of it’s time but now it is bang on trend. More public awareness and the highlighting and understanding of wild flower meadows on Countryfile and Gardener’s World will make it more popular with Newport locals!!

The aim was always to have the sheep grazing in a wild flower meadow but it is one of the hardest things to achieve. The yellow rattle ( like a dead nettle) is a parasitic plant which feds on grass roots enabling the wild flowers to multiply and not be suffocated by aggressive grasses.

The island has undergone two cut and collects but because of the rain, the grass has continued to grow very aggressively. Adrian, Stuart, Ray and other volunteers hand raked the thatch from the grass, a very hard job. We were unable to sow the yellow rattle seed and so last Sunday Roy who works for the Town Council hand mowed the Island and collected up the grass. It had stripes!!

Memorial Update ………..

After 3 attempts to tidy up the Memorial, we finally got a window today before it started to rain again!
We pruned the shrubs, cleaned the borders and collected a green bin full of leaves from off the borders. Michael also got all the moss and weeds out of the paving. Well done “Station Roaders”!!

That’s it now until Spring!

**A message from Barbara – RHS Community Champion**

A happy snap to celebrate achievements in Bloom 2019. Thanks to the whole Blooming Buddy team for your good company and hard work throughout the year.

Newport in Bloom is bringing home a GOLD!!

What an achievement….! Well.done to all of our volunteers who work so hard and a big thank you to everyone who supports us!

Britain in Bloom 2019 Award Ceremony, London……

Three of our committee members (Jenny, Maggie & Karen) put Newport on the Map in London on 26th October 2019!

GOLD for Newport in Bloom (Heart of England in Bloom Competition)……….

It’s all about recycling…………


Cooper and his mum Sarah have made some fabulous flowers out of plastic bottles for the Britain in Bloom window displays. It’s lovely to see the younger generation getting involved!

Our Junior Bloomers can’t wait to eat their produce…..


Our Junior Bloomers’ allotment is flourishing and the youngsters are starting to see the results of their hard work!

Britain in Bloom 2019 Competition Day!


We had a lovely day showing the Heart of England in Bloom Judges around our wonderful town. The flowers were looking great and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!