January 2023

It’s bloomin’ marvelous at Upton Manor Care Home


And whilst the flowers were being arranged, residents also decided to launch their very own gardening club and have even got started planting seeds with a vision of future blooms.

Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach Amy Morrison said: “Whilst we are keeping our home looking lovely with bright and beautiful flowers, we also want to see what we can grow ourselves.

“Our newly launched garden club members have planted some lovely flower seeds in preparation for the spring and lots of different herbs for our own herb garden, which we are sure the kitchen staff will find very useful! There were lots of residents involved.”

Flower arranging residents, including Rissa Needham, Sheila Whicher and Pamela Lester enjoyed mixing and matching the delicate blooms.

Amy Morrison added: “For the floristry, we looked very carefully at all our beautiful materials first and then started with the greenery and began to look at the heights and shapes of the flowers.

“It’s a real art, and everyone loved creating something beautiful.

It's a lovely hobby to immerse yourself in and it’s certainly a form of self-care; it is both relaxing and fulfilling as creating something with your hands is super satisfying.”

The residents took the flower arrangements and arranged them into vases, bowls and baskets. “We shall certainly be doing this again because it obviously takes some practice to get perfect,” Amy added.

And the Upton Manor Garden Club will also have regular meetings as residents become more ambitious with their projects.

Amy said: “We all look forward to sharing our Gardening Club journey and having everyone see the beautiful results in our fantastic garden at Upton Manor.”