Quarndon Plants and Flowers
6th July 2021
The hanging baskets and floral decorations are now in place around the village.
A host of flowers in baskets and containers can be enjoyed around the village. No doubt the flowers are enjoying the rain showers!
The flowers will be watered on Thursday evenings.
Wild flower update 7th July 2021
Quarndon Community Group's plantings of wildflowers on the roundabout and in front of hedges in Montpelier continue to look beautiful and are appreciated by many residents.
However there have been some unease amongst residents about the wildflower work on the verges at the junction of Montpelier and Burley Lane, so this has been halted.
Natural 'rewilding' of verges is being trialled at the Sulley's Field and Burley Lane junction. The planned maintenance for the 'rewilded' verges is designed to ensure that growth won't impede sight lines for pedestrians or road traffic. There are tarmac paths across the verges; and no evidence of increased littering.
Amber Valley Borough Council will now be mowing the verge at the junction of Montpelier and Burley Lane as before but retaining the wild flowersin other areas.
Information boards are placed at the Montpelier and Sulley's Field sites so visitors can find out about the wild plants that have been planted.
Wild flowers, Montpelier, June 2021
Wild flowers on Montpelier roundabout, June 2021
Wild flower update 14th March 2021
Hairy legs, smelly feet, a white, buff or ginger tail, royalty… Early bees are already busy pollinating your garden.
The downloadable Garden Bees ID Guide below can help you to identify these early visitors.
And look closely at the wildflower areas already coming into leaf around the village, to see which bees you can spot.
Check out these links too to find out about adding more bee and wildlife-friendly plants to your garden.
And the smelly feet? Bees mark a flower already stripped of pollen and nectar with an oily substance, found on their body and feet. It signals to other bee visitors that they should try somewhere else for their delicious nectar.
The bees on the identification download are not to scale.
https://www.bbka.org.uk. (British Beekeepers Association)
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/wildlife-garden/wildlife (Royal Horticultural Society)
Butterfly identification guide soon!
Garden bees ID guide (PDF, 978 Kb)
Montpelier's Wild Flowers
Click on the link below to download an illustrated information sheet about Montpelier's wild flowers.
Montpelier wild flowers (PDF, 7.2 Mb)
Wildflower update, 20th September 2020
The last few cornflowers blooming amongst the seedheads are still attracting bees and other insects, and the leaves of next year's display are growing up underneath.
In the next few weeks the dried stalks will be cut down and collected, once they are no longer attracting insects.
For more information about wildflowers in the village, and how you can help increase biodiversity in your garden, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarndon in Bloom update 14th March 2021
Blooming Quarndon Appeal 2021 (PDF, 922 Kb)
Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the Quarndon in Bloom Appeal 2021. Residents' kindness means Quarndon will have a lovely display of street flowers this year. We're looking forward to a profusion of blooms in hanging baskets and standing structures soon.
29th June 2020
The baskets and planters have arrived and we can enjoy watching them mature and bloom. We hope they will enhance your walks and cycles around the village. They are supplied by local firm, Plantscape, who will water them once a week.
The blooms have been made possible through fundraising at the Auction of Promises, a Community Action Grant and money from Derbyshire County Council.
It would be useful to know what you think so please visit the Blooming Quarndon Facebook page to comment or email email@example.com
Should we aim to have blooms next year?
Tell us what you think of the wildflower roundabout and verges at Montpelier. Should we have more wildflower areas in the village?
Taken any photos of Blooming Quarndon? We'd love them for the website Gallery.
Please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hanging basket, Village Hall
Lamp post basket by Church Road letter box
25th June 2020
Overnight Quarndon has become full of flowers, on lamp posts, in tubs, in hanging baskets.
Quietly the dedicated team from suppliers Plantscape put the plants in place on the evening of Wednesday 24th June, so the village woke up this morning to Blooming Quarndon.
The flowers will be watered weekly in the early evening, and will soon reach their full glory.
Up for a challenge? Count the number of flower-embellished lamp posts in the village. You might even get your 10,000 steps finding out!
25 June 2020
The wild flower island in Montpelier, full of native species, is bursting into bloom. Now flowering are cornflower, poppy, corn marigold and corn camomile.
To find out more about Quarndon's wild flowers, or to learn how to plant some yourself, contact email@example.com
For lots of helpful information about wild flowers, our environment's beautiful life support, visit https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk
Update 26th May: The baskets are on their way
A combination of fund raisers and kind donations will soon have led to the glorious display of colour that will enhance lots of lamp posts and planters in the village. Less than a month to go!
Please email Isobel firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining 'Blooming Quarndon' or to make any comment or suggestion.
Please LIKE the Blooming Quarndon Facebook page – you can get the latest updates from here and comment as well.
And please, when the basket and planters are installed - take as many photos as you can, and send them to email@example.com to add to our village gallery.
Lamp post basket in Burley Lane