Ilkeston - Blooming Weather
w/e 08 July 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Sir John Warren

The "East Midlands in Bloom" judges were spotted in town this week and I'm sure they noticed the hanging baskets like this one on the Sir John Warren in the Market Place.
Hanging Baskets

They would also have taken note of the Council's displays on Bath Street and these seen here on South Street.
Cenotaph Flowers

Points in the "In Bloom" scheme are awarded for the involvement of the local community and children from the Gardening Club at Chaucer Junior School who helped the Council workers with the planting at the Cenotaph were on hand to talk to the judges about their involvement.
Award Winning Park

The pièce de résistance in the town's entry to the competition is of course the Green Flag award winning Victoria Park. And this month too the Park has received another honour - the national Horticulture Week Custodian Award for Best Heritage Park.
Long Border

The Long Border in the Park would count towards the final total and help determine the grade of the Bloom award, Gold Silver or Bronze.
Central Beds

And of course the colourful central bed would have scored highly.
Centenary Display

With 2018 being the centenary of the ending of the First World War and also the founding of the Royal Air Force, the poppy themed raised display in the Park would surely have added to the score.
Poppy Corner

As would the corner of the Park overlooking the Bowling Green with a poppy crescent.
Railings Troughs

In other parts of the town along Chalons Way there are more flowers in troughs on the railings.
Union Flag Beds

And what should have been the crowning glory are the five Union Flag inspired flower beds on the island at the White Lion Square end of Chalons Way. Despite the best efforts of the Council with watering twice a day and some replanting the prolonged hot weather has had a devastating effect on the blue flowers in particular. The scorched grass is also evidence of the sun's impact. If Ilkeston doesn't repeat last year's Gold award in "East Midlands In Bloom" it will surely be down to the blooming weather!

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