Ilkeston - About Bloomin' Time
w/e 07 July 2019
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

About Bloomin' Time

It's about this time of year that the East Midlands in Bloom judges travel around the area to visit each entrant in the annual competition. In 2018 Ilkeston gained a Silver Gilt award in the Large Town category and will be hoping to improve on that to achieve the coveted Gold Award. The East Midlands competition is one of 18 regional competitions that go to make up the Britain in Bloom nationwide gardening event that has been held every year since 1963. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the judges look for the visible impact of flowers and floral bedding, seasonal colour, community and commercial/industrial involvement, the absence of litter, graffiti and the general cleanliness of the area among several other criteria. In Ilkeston this year they will obviously notice the five flower beds on the large island (above) at the southern end on Chalons Way where yellow and orange are the predominant colours.

White Lion Square

The five bed island is complemented by the hanging baskets and self-watering troughs on the railings all around the island. Although this is still known as White Lion Square, the pub of that name was demolished several years ago when Chalons Way was constructed and in truth it never was a "Square" as such.

The troughs on the railings at the end of Chalons Way can be enjoyed by motorists and pedestrians alike.

Commercial involvement can be seen throughout the town including the two pubs on opposite sides of South Street.
Market Place

The Market Place of course will be another stopping point on the judges' itinerary with the flower beds around the War Memorial , the tubs along one side and a line of hanging baskets on the other bound to make an impact.
Garden of Remembrance

The Garden of Remembrance on the north side of the Market Place will also come under the judges' gaze.
Lower Market

The same colour scheme can also be seen on the Lower Market Place.
Hanging Baskets

And hanging baskets continue down both side of Bath Street.
Victoria Park

The Jewel in the Crown, pièce de résistance, tour de force or whatever else you wish to call it is, of course Victoria Park where there is always a picture waiting to be taken whatever the weather or the season.

Central Beds

The central beds are as usual a riot of colour recalling the bright displays of the original public Victorian gardens.
Dementia Friends

The raised bed display this year in front of the bandstand honours Dementia Friends.

Station Road

The Bloom judges will be taken on a route around the town to see the flower displays probably even including this island where Chalons Way crosses Station Road but then it will just a matter of time until their verdict is revealed which everyone involved will be hoping this year is that coveted Gold Award.

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