Pictured, left, a red rhododendron with a beetle. Both unidentified.
Blue hydrangeas surround the pool at Brewster by the Sea http://www.brewsterbythesea.com/
Anyway the most important thing is that Brewster’s gardeners are just as keen as Budleigh’s. We both benefit from maritime climates, though the Cape Cod season comes a bit later than ours. And growing camellias outdoors there is definitely a risky business compared with Devon because of the chillier spring.
Pictured, right, a Camellia japonica ‘Warrior’ from Otter Valley Nurseries http://www.otternurseries.co.uk/
Budleigh in Bloom http://www.budleighinbloom.co.uk/ is one of the various gardening clubs and societies which flourish in our town. It operates solely with volunteer members and donations or sponsorship.
Pictured, right, a Budleigh in Bloom flowering container at the entrance to the town on East Budleigh Road
Some new hayloft planters have been put on the Public Hall wall to replace the old ones which were well past their best, and the boat on the East Budleigh Road which greets travellers to the town has also been planted up. The boat was donated to Budleigh in Bloom by its previous owner, known as Digger Rogers, and is a colourful spectacle for most of the year.
“We’re waiting until we have the physical labour to do this – most of us committee are females,” explained Pat. “We thought that we would need more muscle power and so are in the queue waiting for funds to be allocated with the Community Payback workers. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long. When the work starts we want to clear all the brambles and weeds, still retaining the wild plant effect and also plant a couple of shrubs to attract the butterflies, bees and other useful insects.”
The Club’s first meeting was in October 1954 and by May of the following year the membership quota of 40 had already been reached.
Members tend over 20 small gardens scattered throughout the town. These include the islands on Route 6A, which they aim to keep blooming, weeded and mulched, as well as at the Senior Center, Drummer Boy Park and Millstone Road at Underpass Road and at “the egg”, by the Brewster Store.
To encourage others in the town to match their high standards, the Garden Club makes an award annually to a business or residence on the main roads of Brewster that maintains a lovely garden or landscaped area. The 2008 Brewster Beautification award was presented to the Handcraft House, located on 6A, owned by Jeff and Eileen Smith http://www.handcrafthousegallery.com/
The 2007 Beautification Award was presented to Ruth and Cliff Manchester, owners of The Bramble Inn http://www.brambleinn.com/
Club meetings start up the first Wednesday in October. The club website, http://www.gardenclubofbrewster.org/ gives more information and details of membership. I am indebted to the webmaster for permission to reproduce photos.