Hethersett in Bloom 2011
Delightful gardens, hanging baskets and patios were all praised at this year's Hethersett in Bloom Competition with the prizes being presented in the Village Hall in July.
Top garden prize went to John and Judy Freeman of Mill Road (pictured above) with the judges making the following comments:
"In the rear garden it was a haven of peace with trees and hedges, an eating apple and a pear tree surrounding a small lawn. An arch covered with a blue clematis and roses in full flower and a climbing hydrangea caught the eye. There was a cool arbour by a water pool and two seats for sitting on a hot day. Further along, down another small path, there were two further seats giving a different view of the garden. Plenty of colour from flowering plants and hanging baskets. A small greenhouse with some healthy tomato plants. A well designed garden making full use of the area available."
Two other gardens in Haconsfield were highly commended: Mr and Mrs Arnall were praised for their "clematis and eye catching small ornamental trees surrounding a lawn with a central water feature." Mr Morriss was highly commended for a "well established garden with well established plants."
Winner of the Hanging Baskets, Patios and Containers section was Mrs Daniells with Mr and Mrs Warnes and Mrs Woods being highly commended. Judges said that Mrs Daniells had a "quite superb display of hanging baskets both in the front and back of the house with well grown plants of outstanding size and a colour scheme of red and blue petunias with blue lobelia and white bocopa blending in well with the background of the house."Judges stated it was a "well planned and beautifully executed design."
Mr and Mrs Warnes and Mrs Woods were highly commended. Mr and Mrs Warnes were praised for their "lovely selection of plants in hanging baskets at the front, side and back of the house, all well planted and cared for." Mrs Woods was praised for her "small but very colourful patio garden with many containers filled with a wide selection of plants in a much loved and cared for restful garden."
There were seven entries in the Business premises Hanging Baskets, Patios and Containers section - Ivan Fisher Funeral Director, Hodge Podge, Queen's Head Public House, Comfort Zone, King's Head Public House, Church Farm Garage and Church Farm Shop.
The winner was Mrs Hovey at Hodge Podge in Oak Square. The judges comments were as follows:
"Small but attractive display with a rose pink theme which showed up well against the cream walls. The hanging fuchsia was especially lovely and tied up with the pelargoniams in the window box. It was also appreciated that the raised bed in the front of the premises had also been planted up and attended by Mrs Hovey. It caught the eye and made that corner of Oak Square very pleasing."
Mr Fisher was highly commended for his "beautiful window boxes made in iron and fitted with an automatic irrigation system. The mix of colourings were both gentle and cheering. A sensitive display for the front of this office and a most definite asset to this area."
Other comments from the judges in this section included:
Queen's Head - "Lovely hanging baskets which were well developed. Good colour contrasting with the background."
Comfort Zone - "Attractive iron baskets which toned in beautifully against the red brick wall and broke up what was a rather plain area. They made the shop much more colourful and caught the eye of those passing by."
King's Head - "A charming display very much in keeping with the lovely old building. The containers used were sympathetic and much work had gone into planting and watering of the scheme."
Church Farm Garage - "Great applause for the colour scheme of the hanging baskets. How can any Norfolk Man fail to appreciate the colour scheme of green and yellow?"
Church Farm Shop - "The old cattle troughs are so appropriate for the entrance to the farm shop. The planting brightened up the whole area and gave a welcome to customers."
There was a separate Very Highly Commended prize for Woodside Infants' School which was described as being in "a class of its own."
"A beautifully arranged area to grow vegetables had been designed for each year group to have experience of growing vegetables to show them where their food comes from. All praise to the teachers, parents and children for starting this project."