It’s planting time again

The time is here when help is needed to plant up winter/spring bedding

This year to help commemorate the end of The First World War, St Anne’s In Bloom have had some very hard working volunteers making ‘Silent Soldiers’ which will have a small bedding trough at the base.

Here they are as a “work in progress”


We will be putting these out by 31st October and would like to ask for help in planting them up

If you can help, please come along to the Ashton Garden Depot on Wednesday 24th October at 9.30

You may need to bring gardening gloves gloves

When the ‘Silent Soldiers’ are finished it would be great if we can carry on with planting up inserts for the Crescent and maybe a few spare tubs.

The rest of the tubs will need to be planted up and we are hoping this can be done on Wednesday 31st October at 2pm at Ashton Garden Depot.

If you are able to help with planting on either of those dates please send a message via this page or send an email to

There will be a short  ceremony at St Annes’s Station on 31st October at 10.15 am to unveil the Silent Soldiers

Later the same day the new benches in Ashton Gardens will be unveiled near the War Memorial



Gardening Club is back

Gardening Club starts again on Thursday this week (13th September) at the Peace and Happiness Garden

Meet at 10.00 for around an hour of tidying and gardening then a brew and a chat in the Pier Cafe

We will then  meet every two weeks at the same time

Further improvements to the planting and hard landscaping are planned for thre coming year

which will further enhance this space and make the most of the seafront position

If you are coming along please bring a trowel and a bucket and a hi viz vest if you have one

Caring for your Canna


You may have noticed lots of these plants in the town display this Summer and several people purchased them from us at the Carnival.

Many people have enquired about the best way to care for their plants especially over the Winter.

They are low maintenance and easy to grow, and both their flowers and foliage offer long-lasting colour in the garden.

Once established, cannas need to be kept moist. They also require monthly fertilizer that is relatively higher in phosphate for continual bloom.

It is usually necessary to dig up and store canna rhizomes in the Autumn.

Winter care of the Canna plant will help to ensure you get many years of pleasure from these glorious plants. In October there is a choice to make: lift or mulch? Caution or crossed fingers?

A thick, dry mulch applied now might be enough to keep out the frost, forming a duvet it cannot quite penetrate.  Or it might not be quite cosy enough, the frost might winkle in and your corms will be turned to mush.  If you don’t want to take the chance, and particularly if your area is cool and frost-prone and your soil less than well drained, it is sensible to lift cannas, dry them out, and store them over winter.

Use a garden fork to gently lift the corms or tubers from the ground, then cut down the blackened stems to about 2in (5cm), and shake off the excess soil. Much will cling, so wash it off under a hosepipe or give a good dunk and scrub, taking care to evict mini slugs that will cause winter havoc. Leave to dry for a couple of days and then sink them deep into dry compost before tucking them away somewhere dark, cool and frost-free for the winter.

Prepare a large box and have some dry sand or peat free compost (that is not wet) ready. Put a layer of this in the bottom at least 1 inch thick. Carefully put a layer of rhizomes on top of  and cover them with more. Put more rhizomes in and cover them. It is important not to allow the pieces to touch otherwise they might rot. Cover the box with newspaper.

You need to keep your rhizomes from drying out completely but you don’t want any condensation.  Your roots will rot.

During the winter, check on your Canna lily roots and make sure that they are not going mouldy because of too much condensation.

As soon as the weather warm up they start sprouting and it’s a race to plant them. You can also start them inside in pots to give them an early start if you have a sunny window.

It is sometimes possible to overwinter your canna Lilies just by drying out the rizomes a bit and placing them in a loose pile in a bucket. This will work better if your roots are not damaged or bruised and if you have a nice cold dry room for them.

We hope you find this helpful and that you get many years of pleasure from your plants.



Succulent Display

We’ve been getting lots of positive reactions to our succulent display at the Peace and Happiness Garden.

Our volunteers water it on rota and keep the area as tidy as possible.

We also have friends who live in the flats opposite who keep an eye on things and tell us if they spot something that we need to sort out.

It’s great to know so many people want to support the town and hlep to keep the displays up to standard.



Entertainers Gallery update and photographs

Eight plaques were unveiled on Saturday 29th July 2018 to celebrate the nationally famous people associated with Lytham St Anne’s.

They were chosen because they lived here and also had been significant in the world on entertainment.

They may have had an exceptionally long and successful career or had massive audiences.

Many of them won awards and will be familiar to visitors.

Amanda Barrie with Bobby Ball

Bobby Ball with Charlotte Dawson with the respective pl;aques in the background

The event was enhanced by guests from the world of show business including The Wooden Hut Club who are a fraternity from the world of entertainment

There were BBC producers as well as comedian Johnny Casson


There will be residents who may have other names they think should have been featured

It shuld be stressed that we had only so much in the funds for this project and had to find a point to stop and make the display.

When visiting the shelter it is clear that there is scope for more entertainers to be added and perhaps this is something we can do in the future with the support of Fylde Borough Council.

It has taken about 18 months to get to the point of unveiling as everything was researched and double checked and the portraits were passed by the person featured (or family or society) too


The guests who unveiled the plaques are listed below:

Jenny Éclair  –  Royston Mayoh the TV and film director and producer –  He directed Jenny in a film in the late nineties

Josef Locke   –   Sue Fazackerly – Leader  Fylde Borough Council

George Formby –  Alan Yates from the George Formby Society –   Alan has a tribute act and recently played for the Queen on her 92nd birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall

Al Read   –   Julia King, daughter of Al Read

Bobby Ball  –    Bobby Ball

Les Dawson –   Charlotte Dawson

Amanda Barrie – Amanda Barrie

Roy Harper – Steve Canavan –  Steve promotes the local folk music scene

The original portraits were created by Holly Boismaison.

For more information about how this project came to life please click on the tab at the top of this page



Stolen in one! Golf bag follow up

Blackpool Gazette followed up the story of the stolen golf bag.

This has also been shared widely on social media so hopefully whoever stole the bag won’t be able to do anything with it.

As a golf bag it will be useless in any event as all the insides have been removed prior to planting leaving just a shell.

Entertainers Gallery

This afternoon is the unveiling of the Entertainers Gallery in the Peace and Happiness Garden

Thie new addition will provide intereest in the garden and also give information for visitors about these much loved entertainers and their connection to St Annes

This week’s Express has more information about the event, which will be followed later tonight by a concert in the St Annes Palace