Maghull – Sadly the blooms have been struggling of late

Regular visitors to Maghull’s Central Square shops may have noticed that the flower baskets have not been looking their best over the past week or so.

A wilting, dry barrier basket on Westway

A wilting, dry barrier basket on Westway

The problem? Well it seems that Maghull Town Council has encountered some difficulties in completing the regular watering of the displays for reasons that, I think it is fair to say, the Maghull in Bloom volunteers don’t fully understand.

What the barrier baskets should look like - photo from June 2016.

What the barrier baskets should look like – photo from June 2016.

The watering schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week but by Friday last the volunteers were getting rather concerned as the flower displays were wilting and the compost was quite dry.

Some persistent phone calls to Maghull Town Hall led to a hastily arranged watering session taking place late Friday afternoon but inspection of the blooms in the evening indicated that some plants in the barrier containers were at risk of not reviving.

I am told that when compost dries out too much re-hydrating it requires quite a soaking so for once this summer the volunteers were hoping that the promised heavy rain of yesterday over Maghull was just that – it was! Further checks will be made today and if there is still a problem the volunteers will try to work out if there is anything else they can do to save any plants still at risk.

So what went wrong last week? Why did the Town Council, who are usually such big supporters of Maghull in Bloom, stop the watering which is supposed to continue until the end of September? Will the displays perk up? I will post again if and when things become any clearer.