This week's gardening post takes us to Lockerbie. Early last year, Scottish Nationalist MSP Christopher Harvie was widely quoted as calling Lockerbie a 'dump', on the basis of a passing visit. His apology (here) probably did little to ameliorate the hurt to many who live in the town. Lockerbie is no 'dump'.
However, some residents decided to try to improve Lockerbie's image by putting up hanging baskets and planters around the town. A small sub-committee of the Lockerbie and District Community Initiative headed up by Roger Claymore and Miller Graham were behind the effort, and this year even more flowers bedeck the main street than last.
Surfinias here are spectacular in these two baskets. In all, there are 120 baskets around the town, some on stanchions like this put up by the committee, and others on walls outside shops and other businesses. Fifty-four sponsors have contributed to Lockerbie in flower.
With the recent hot weather, watering is a major commitment. Here is Roger with volunteer Pearl Horsburgh doing the rounds!
On the main street near the town hall.
It's not just baskets. Roger tends this container outside the library. He has raised a number of plants himself this year, not for the baskets and containers, but as a fundraiser for the purchase of the commercially produced baskets. He would like to be able to raise the hanging basket plants too. A polytunnel is in prospect, with the possible involvement of local volunteers in a variety of gardening projects. There's a meeting on Monday next (July 6) in the Kings Arms Hotel at 7 pm for prospective volunteers.
Trailing begonias softening the 'rules'!
Bizzie Lizzies have work to do in these two containers, near the Tower fish and chip shop (an establishment which gets my vote frequently).
It really does make a difference to the impression visitors get of the town, and I know that the locals appreciate the effort being made. These railing planters are near the town hall.