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Brightening Up The Station

You will have noticed that it's been a bit wet recently and this has made it hard for the Station Volunteers to get things in shape for Summer (if it arrives). Things were looking a bit desperate then came a massive stroke of good fortune in the shape of Myke Caulton, of Myke Caulton Floral Couture on Station Road, Chelford.

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Myke kindly offered to help redesign the station gardens to ease the maintenance problems and then, he offered to source new plants at cost. That, and a brief period of drier weather, resulted in a big burst of action.

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The beds were all weeded, existing planting was tidied up and the first of 3 tons of compost was worked into the gardens on the Crewe-bound side (Platform 2).

Myke's magical plant finding had worked brilliantly and last weekend, some of the best plants we've ever had were delivered.

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The team set to work on Sunday and all was going well, then there was a bit of a thunderstorm and a small flash flood. The sun started to appear again as a train disappeared through the inch-thick rain and it was time for work again.

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In this phase, we've planted geraniums, pinks, begonias and some coreopsis. The lavenders for the Crewe-side slope will roll up soon and then it's just a matter of deciding on when to plant the larger specimens that we hope will keep everything looking lovely for some years.

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Thank you very much to Myke Caulton for his fantastic support and to Barbara, Dave, Heather and Kath for all their continued hard work.

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If you would like to help out at the station and experience hard-core gardening in shocking weather, click here.

It's sometimes quite dry and then we have a whole new set of problems .....

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