August 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

September meeting - Thursday 13th. Sept. ‘ The Beth Chatto Gardens’
Talk by Steve Marshall - 7.30pm Village Hall.

September meeting
September means the return to the Village Hall for the start of our autumn programme and what better way to start than welcoming Steve Marshall to the club for an illustrated talk on the famed Beth Chatto gardens.
Beth Chatto OBE VMH is a British plantswoman, garden designer and author who created her gardens near Elmstead Market in Essex.
We expect a good turn out for this, our first meeting of the autumn so come along early to claim your seat and why not bring along a friend, we are still open for new members!
7.30pm start, Thursday 13th. September.

Summer outing
This trip seemed to have been a long time coming, but at last on a glorious, sunny August morning we boarded our coach at the Green ready for a prompt start down the A12 to the RHS gardens and annual flower show at Hyde Hall , deep in the rural Essex countryside.
The gardens have changed a lot since our very first visit here some 17 years ago. Many more gardens have been added particularly those under Matthew Wilson’s tenure and were in immaculate shape despite hot dry weather.. The catering provides for all tastes and the RHS staff have things well organised.
The annual flower show now covers five days and the many stands offered plants and shrubs to tempt the buyers. The one perennial that took my eye, and other peoples judging by the number being carried out, was gladiolus Muriel AGM which grows quite tall and has a delicate colour. Watch out for it!
We returned to the Green early evening tired but satisfied after a great day out.
Many thanks to our secretary Jenny for arranging the trip.

August visit
After another period of hot and dry weather, ironically we had to cancel our scheduled evening visit to Swann’s nursery, Bromeswell due to prolonged, heavy rain. The rain started around 11.00 am on the day of the visit and was forecast to continue to midnight.. We were due to have an outside conducted tour of the nursery and , reluctantly, we had to make the decision to cancel.
Hopefully we will be able to fit the visit into next year’s programme.
The club is in it’s 18th. year and this is only the second time a summer evening visit has been cancelled for rain! For the record the other cancellation was White House Plants at Halesworth.
So our summer visits are at an end and next month sees the start of our Autumn programme when on Thurs. 13th. Sept. we meet in the village hall, 7.30pm start, to hear Steve Marshall ‘s illustrated talk on the Beth Chatto gardens.

Tales from the Allotments
27th. July marked the end of some two and a half months without worthwhile rainfall and high temperatures, only for nearly 4 inches of rain to fall accompanied by the inevitable thunder storms.
During the drought dwarf and runner beans were kept going by watering whilst the jury is still out on butternut squash. Both summer and autumn raspberries have suffered. They have shallow root systems and the lack of moisture results in shrivelled fruits , hardly worth picking. Shallots and garlic have been harvested and safely stored whilst onions have cropped well and are laid out to weather before storing.
With some welcome rain and warm soil and some spare seeds I have sown late crops of lettuce, dwarf beans , turnip and carrot in the hope of a quick germination and a late harvest.
When it was announced that Gardeners World would be visiting Highgrove to talk to HRH about imported diseases I wondered who would be entrusted with the interview.
HRH takes this matter very seriously and Adam Frost was the ideal choice for the interview, his deferential manner allowing the prince to put his passionate views across.
This was in contrast to Alan Titchmarsh’s interview with the Duke of Edinburgh which led to the Duke storming out of the room and left AT without an audience!
July saw the last of the summer’s big shows, RHS Tatton Park. The pub garden was the best in show whilst Will Williams was named RHS young garden designer of the year. Carol was in the flower marquee resplendent in flaming red outfit and hairdo to match. We have seen a number of new presenters over the summer, notably Jo Whiley and Nick Bailey but Monty , of course, remains king. Do the dogs make the difference?.
Some one has put a copy of the EADT through my door containing a report about Ipswich, London Road, allotment holders working their plots in the nude during the recent hot weather! It is reported the council instructed rangers to weed out the offenders? I don’t think we have rangers at the Nassau Trust!

Roy Mallett 616