Double top for floral Meadows

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Glapton Road has become the second street in the Meadows to scoop £500 and the title of Best in the Midlands in a national gardening competition, ‘Cultivation Street.’
Last year the title went to neighbouring Eckington Terrace, which has been blooming since 1998 and originally inspired Glapton Road to get involved in gardening, too.
The competition is run by celebrity gardener David Domoney and the Sunday People, supported by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).

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Commonwealth games artichokes

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Striking, but unfamiliar, many guessing that these giant plants are thistles, invoking Scotland staging the current commonwealth games.
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Miss F, local constituent, explained they were artichokes, before telling me how I ought to be doing better on community concerns, including commuters parking on residents streets.
Commuters continuing to park, despite local firms providing free park and ride alternatives, and recent increases in damage to local vehicles.

P.S. and now it’s been pointed out that artichokes are merely members of the thistle family.