May is well and truly underway. What happened to April?
This is a lovely time of year when gardens are flourishing. May is usually when the Royal Horticultural Society holds its annual Chelsea Flower Show, probably the most famous flower and landscape gardening show in the world, usually held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. This year, the show has been cancelled but this time a virtual show will take its place.
In addition to the professionals exhibiting their designs and gardens via videos and articles, there is also an opportunity for amateur gardeners across the country to get involved. The RHS is teaming up with the One Show to host a competition judging images of your gardens in four categories; the back garden, the front garden, an indoor garden and a kids section. It is a great opportunity to showcase your fairy gardens and of course we'd love to see any entries using our products.
In other news this week, Scaffolder and father of four Francis 'Franny' Briggs, from Kirkby in Merseyside, has been getting creative dressing up as characters to entertain local children during lockdown. The Liverpool Echo reports that Franny and his friend James Murray have raised over £1400 for nurses so far by dressing up as Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, George from Peppa Pig and Baby Shark. They are now looking to raise money for a local family who have lost loved ones.
We love hearing positive news stories and tales of community love. We recently shared a project happening in Clydach Vale in Wales; a path of hope. But similar projects are occurring all across the country. From path of hope to hope board; in Western Park in Leicester, a father of three, Matt Long placed a simple piece of wood outside his home. Using nothing more than some Sharpie pens, he created an inspirational display. Now, over 200 people have added their contribution to the board citing what they are most looking forward to; a simple but effective idea that brings the community together. If you've seen fantastic projects in your area we'd love to hear about them.
Competition entries for the My Chelsea Garden competition closes Monday but if you are keen for more inspiration this Spring/Summer, Finding Fairies will be launching our own fairy garden competition soon. Details of how to enter will be posted in our blog and on social media. Our judges will be looking for creativity and imagination in fairy gardens of all sizes and you won't need a large back garden to enter. You can buy our fairy garden surprise kits from £10.00 and start building a little fairy garden today.