Plants galore at village’s first plant share and picnic

Gardeners gathered outside in a window of sunny weather to swap plants. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.
Gardeners gathered outside in a window of sunny weather to swap plants. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.

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Whitehouse residents had a blooming marvellous time at their first community event in more than a year.

The village hall committee hosted an outside plant share and picnic last weekend after a relaxation of Covid-19 rules allowing a gradual move towards more meetings and events.

More than 50 green-fingered people from Lochgilphead to Campbeltown were able to meet again safely in a pleasant, sunny weather window.

Gardeners gathered outside in a window of sunny weather to swap plants. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.
Gardeners gathered outside in a window of sunny weather to swap plants. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.

Gardeners who had a surplus from this year’s sowings, cuttings or divisions brought them along to share, while those who hadn’t had much success could benefit.

There was a fantastic range of fruit and vegetables, including broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, gooseberries and aubergines.

Fruit and vegetables including tomatoes were available. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.
Fruit and vegetables including tomatoes were available. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.

Herbs included lemon balm, fennel, oregano and bedding plants such as rudbeckia, pansies and antirrhinums proved very popular.

There were even house plants – money plants, geraniums and begonias.

For many people, even though they didn’t actually bring a picnic, it was an opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours they hadn’t seen for months and a chance to chat with newcomers.

Green-fingered people from Lochgilphead to Campbeltown were able to meet again safely. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.
Green-fingered people from Lochgilphead to Campbeltown were able to meet again safely. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.

New planters sponsored by Glenbarr Garden Centre, The Garden Shop in Campbeltown and Sloan Builders were also admired.

As an added bonus, nearly £270 was donated to help towards the reopening.

Whitehouse Village Hall committee looks forward to welcoming everyone back to the village in August for the third annual grow and show event, by which time these embryonic plants will hopefully have grown.

There was a wide range of fruit, vegetables and plants up for grabs. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.
There was a wide range of fruit, vegetables and plants up for grabs. Photograph: Terry Cawthorne.