Saturday, 17 November 2018

The guerrila gardener

DREARY flowerbeds around Henley have been spruced up thanks to a “guerrila” gardener.

DREARY flowerbeds around Henley have been spruced up thanks to a “guerrila” gardener.

Caroline Langler, a member of the Henley in Bloom committee, has planted up two beds that were previously empty or planted unimaginatively.

One is a raised bed outside Hallmark House in Station Road while the other is outside the Esso petrol station in Reading Road.

The anonymous donor paid £125 for the revamp of the bed which Mrs Langler completed with the help of Viv Greenwood, a member of Henley in Bloom’s Gardening Buddies.

Mrs Langler, who lives in Queen Street, said: “The raised patch near the station was very dull and we wanted to make it more colourful, especially as so many people walk past every day.

“We like to think they’ll now have a modest floral welcome when they emerge from the station, which we aim to improve over time. Last year we removed some prickly bushes and replaced them with what we had to spare from our own gardens. Then recently a donor has enabled us to buy more plants.

“The vast majority of what we’ve put in are perennials which we hope will need minimum attention once established.”

The bed includes two foxgloves, two lavenders, verbena bonariensis and heuchera.

The bed at the garage contains eonymous, leucanthemum in banana cream, basil and miscanthus cosmopolitan.

Mrs Langler said: “They are all perennials and it was so heartening to have a bee buzzing round the flowers while I was doing it. I aim to add some taller plants at the back in the autumn.

“Before it was just a bare patch of earth with a broken fence. It was heartening to see recently that there were far fewer cigarette butts and empty crisp packets left there since the planting.”

Mrs Langler has also planted up three old wheelbarrows, two in Upton Close and one by RPS Energy in Reading Road.

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