Our Acis in Bloom judge Colin Bates is one impressive gardener. Colin is one of our tenants and has lived in his current property since 2007. He is hugely passionate about his garden and loves nothing more than getting stuck into some planting and weeding. He spoke to us about why he loves his garden, why getting outside is good for your health and what he will be looking out for when he judges this year’s Acis in Bloom competition.
I first got into gardening before I left school; I had a wonderful teacher who taught me all I wanted to know about it. He showed me how to plant, do cutting, grafting, everything from flowers to plants.
It was brilliant to get involved in and it has been with me ever since. It is one of the most relaxing and rewarding things to do in your spare time. I go in my green house, sow my seeds, do some cuttings, and finally plant them. You can see the fruits of your labour in real life. Now I’ve got all my veggies done and my boarders all set up I’ve got a great place where I can sit outside with a beer or cup of tea and admire my work.
Gardening is a good exercise especially for the older generation. You don’t have to do everything in one day but you can do a bit at a time and work when you feel like it. You can do a bit of digging, a bit of hoeing and a bit of weeding, it really doesn’t matter what you do.
It just good to keep the muscles going and the mind running ensuring you are busy with something after you’ve retired. It’s good exercise and good for your health in my opinion.
When I was younger, I used to go round in the village and help out the older generation with their flower beds. It’s something that has been lost over the years. If there is a bed or a grassed area somewhere young people could do a bit more. There’s plenty of spaces in the community that could do with a dash of colour but no one seems do anything about it.
In a good garden, I look for colour but I also like to see a bit of grass and a nice bit of green. There needs to be a good condition of the plants and leaves too. The layout also needs to look smart and well presented with no litter or mess. I love seeing all the wonderful gardens of Acis and it is amazing to see what people can achieve. Fingers crossed for more of the same this year!
Think you have the best Acis garden? Then make sure you enter the Acis in Bloom competition here. Deadline for entries is 28 July.