I’m disappointed

Each time I have entered Blackmore Gardens recently I have felt mounting excitement as I have approached the flowerbed, usually occupied at this time of year by Fred, the peacock.

A large cage has enclosed a huge, wire, soil-filled structure emblazoned with “E II R”.

What flowers would be used to fill it with the red, white and blue theme of the moment? I, and others I have met while examining the cage, have waited patiently for a last minute, dramatic blaze of colour.

Alas, we have all been disappointed; the structure today is still bare and presumably will remain so throughout this weekend of celebrations.

For the first time that I can recall, the Sidmouth public gardeners have disappointed everyone expecting a spectacular display of their usual high standard of planting!

J Oakley

Fernside Cottage, Sidbury