This summer become part of the Hope and Happiness project and help us bring splashes of colour to our Windsor streets.
Finding meaningful projects in these difficult times can be a challenge. So we are asking Windsor businesses and local residents to have a go at growing bright, colourful and cheering sunflowers in their front gardens, flower boxes and outside shop entrances, to support each other as a symbol of optimism and faith, whilst boosting our community spirit. Seed packets for residents and smart black fabric planters of ready-grown sunflower plants for businesses are free to anyone who registers and orders in our RWRHS shop.
The President of the Society and Governor of Windsor Castle, Admiral Sir James Perowne, is one of the first people to get growing along with his wife Lady Nicola. He said, “The Society is thrilled to be launching this project with the generous support of Berkeley Homes. Growing sunflowers in our gardens, and as a community, will help all of our physical, mental and social wellbeing.”
Sunflower ‘Soleil’ is a small yet perfectly formed sunflower and produces multiple flowerheads rather than just one large one. It is ideal for pots, window boxes and borders of front gardens, growing up to 50cm in height. It has vivid golden yellow petals surrounding a rich dark core.
On receiving your plants, keep well-watered in a sunny location. Display your plants where people walking past will see them. If you have too many plants, why not share them with a neighbour and spread the Hope and Happiness!
How to grow …
John Anderson, Vice President of the Society and Keeper of the Gardens Windsor Great Park, has some tips for success:
- Take a cut down plastic milk bottle, yogurt carton or 9cm plant pot and fill with a multipurpose compost or soil, gently firm the surface and water well.
- Sow one seed 2cm deep in the centre of the pot.
- Place in a sunny location and check regularly to see the compost doesn’t dry out.
- Once 15cm high they can be planted into the centre of their final container.
- When potting up into larger containers leave 3-5cm at the top for a good watering depth and water in the evening.
- Keep in a sunny, but not too windy, location.
- Watch out for slugs and snails. Use a sharp alpine grit to prevent them getting to the stems and leaves.
- Once the flowers have finished leave the faded flower heads for the birds to feed on.
Phil Carter, Head Gardener at Windsor Castle and RWRHS Commitee Member with sons Noah (6) and Jack (3), using a yogurt carton and milk bottle to plant their seeds. Picture by Emma Sheppard
Berkeley Homes, award winning national and local housebuilder, are proud supporters of The Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society’s Hope and Happiness Project.
ENTER OUR COMPETITION!
The Society, along with the support of Berkeley Homes, are launching a picture competition as part of the project in conjunction with the Windsor Express, on who can snap the best picture of their home-grown sunflowers. Creativity will be key to the winning entry, from using props, unusual camera angles, to crafting collages, where the dwarf seeds expected to produce multiple flowerheads for a bold and bright display.
Entrants will have the opportunity to win National Garden gift vouchers worth up to £100.
Judges of the competition will include David Emmanuel, Vice President of the Society and the co-creator of Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding dress, Andrew Try, Chairman of RWRHS, and Lady Nicola Perowne.
The competition closing date is SEPTEMBER 10TH.