April Update

May Update

Plug plants in the BB greenhouse have been grown on and this month will be planted in window boxes, hanging baskets, barrier baskets and containers in the town ready for the Jubilee weekend.  The colour scheme was chosen by Battle Town Council to reflect the Queen's Jubilees - Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum.  The plant list is shown in the April update below.  

April Update

Beautiful Battle has taken delivery of plug plants this month to meet Battle Town Council's Jubilee colour scheme for Summer 2022.  These have been potted on at Uckham Lane Nurseries by BB volunteer gardeners. The plants chosen were ordered from Ball Colegrave, Brookside and Flowers Green as follows:

PLATINUM (SILVER) JUBILEE PLANTS:
Dichondra Silver Falls
Cineraria Silver Dust
Heliochryssum Silvio Spreading
 
GOLDEN JUBILEE PLANTS:
Marigold Durango
Rudbeckia Toto Gold
Calibrachoa Can-Can Sunrise
 
DIAMOND JUBILEE PLANTS:
Euphorbia Glamour
Petunia Fanfare
Lobelia Infinity
Antirrhinum Sonnet White
Alyssum Clear Crystal
 
ROYAL PURPLE:
Salvia Victoria
Verbena Endurascape
Fuchsia Delta Sarah


March 

The Spring Floral display in Battle is in full bloom and looking good. Beautiful Battle planted polyanthus (Crescendo Wine, Rose and White), prince and princess tulips and tete-a-tete daffodils in certain areas. BB gardeners have been back in town on Thursday mornings since February, weeding, pruning and preparing the beds. BB expects to receive
plug plants for the summer display in April.
 
Recently, Beautiful Battle planted a bird cherry tree in the Recreation Grounds to honour Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in accordance with the Queen’s Green Canopy Scheme. The planting was attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sussex and the Mayor of Battle. Two other trees were planted – one by the Battle & Horticultural Society and the other by Battle Town Council.
 
This year is providing its own difficulties (in addition to Covid). Battle Town Council decided on a colour scheme for the town for the Queen’s Jubilees – Silver (silver leafed plants), Gold (yellow), Diamond (white) and Platinum (grey). BB does not usually have a colour scheme imposed by BTC and, this one, specifically restricting due to its reduced palette and lack of colour. BB ordered plug plants to meet this scheme from Ball Colegrave (BB’s main wholesale supplier). Unfortunately, Ball Colegrave have since cancelled two plug orders. Their reasoning was that they need to supply their larger customers first at the expense of the smaller ones. Luckily, BB has managed to source replacements from Flowers Green Nurseries and Brookside, who have been very helpful.
 
The Almonry Gardens have been maintained by BB for many years and won many Gold and Silver Gilt Awards in the South & South East in Bloom Competitions. The Council instigated major repairs to the Almonry main building that have gone on for two years and are still incomplete. Under repair, the gardens became a hard hat area and a place for the builders to dump all sorts of rubbish. In February, BB was allowed back in the front garden and a team of gardeners has started restoration. No date has been set for entering the rear garden, where piles of brick and tiles are heaped. Most of the planting has been lost and it will be a major garden restoration project for BB, if and when BB is allowed in. This is sad and, even more so, as coaches of visitors are now coming to Battle. They wander into the Almonry, with its unfinished entrance and gardens in disarray. It is hoped the Council do not intend to enter the Almonry into any competitions this year as it would receive a wooden spoon at best.