June 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

July visit - Thurs. 12th. July - The Laburnums Garden, The Street, St James, South Elmham, IP19 0HN –Cars at the Village Hall 6.00pm or meet at the gardens 7.00pm.

May visit - Freston House Gardens
For our May visit we made the short journey to the Shotley peninsula where we were met by Andrew the owner of Freston House. Andrew bought the house in 2006 when there was little in the way of formal gardens and the 20 acres were taken up by mainly pasture and parklands. There has been an amazing transformation in the subsequent years and today there are formal gardens , many protected by hedging . We had a conducted tour of the whole site , taking in the kitchen garden followed by the cottage and rose gardens through the mediterranean , purple, yellow and white gardens and followed by the winter garden which is inspired by Richard Ayres’ garden at Anglesey Abbey.
So much has been achieved in 12 years not least the amazing collection of hostas numbering in excess of1500 different varieties. Then in the fading evening light there was time for delicious cakes and tea before making our way back.
Andrew’s work is on going with the woodlands and pond next in line for development. We were privileged to visit as a private group as the gardens normally only open under NGS, hence the need for a change from our usual evening schedule.

June visit Bourne Nurseries
For our June visit we made the short journey to the Bourne garden centre and nursery where we were met by owner Clare Mucklestone and her able assistant who gave us a guided tour of the plant centre . Clare is now well established back at Bourne bridge after a spell at Suffolk Food Hall and must benefit from the central location. As always Bourne stocks a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs all of good quality. Many of the 30 something members present took the opportunity to make purchases whilst others like myself made a mental note to visit again. Well worth a visit and Clare is always present to give advice.

July visit
Thurs. 12th. July and our summer evening visit is to The Laburnums Gardens, The Street, St. James, South Elmham IP19 0HN , home of Mrs. Jane Bastow
This 1 acre garden has been established 25 years, is open under NGS and has won gold at Chelsea. The gardens feature annuals, perennials and shrubs and offer all year round colour.
For those requiring lifts cars will be at the village hall for 6.00pm departure, not at the village green!

Summer Garden Party
Our summer garden party is on Sunday 1st. July at The Old Rectory, Church Lane ,Kirton , 2.00pm - 4.00pm. The party is for club members only and there will be tea, cakes and strawberries and cream.
There will be a charge of £3.00 pounds each which includes a free raffle ticket
There will be parking at the church hall and if you wish to be sure of a seat feel free to bring your own garden chair.

Summer outing
last chance to book for the summer outing which is Thursday 2nd. August when we visit RHS Hyde Hall gardens and flower show.
We leave the green at 9.00 am, returning about 6.00pm. One or two tickets at £10, which include entrance and coach, are available from Jenny on 448571.

Club membership
The club retains a strong membership but we still can accommodate some new faces! You do not have to live in Kirton or Falkenham, in fact a large percentage of members come from surrounding towns and villages including Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe and Martlesham. We meet in the village hall second Thursday in the month, autumn/winter and have evening visits in summer. There is a lot going on and membership is only £10 per annum. Contact any member for details , see the club pages on the village web site’ kirton-suffolk.info .

Tales from the Allotments
Summer and it’s all action on the plots with early crops ready for harvesting. Apart from veg there are some good floral displays on view.
Chelsea was, well Chelsea but for me was surpassed by RHS Chatsworth where there were some great displays without the excessive use of decking, concrete and steelwork. Dear Carol was there , of course, with a different hair do for each occasion. She seems to have survived the white/middle class cull!
Early morning panic call from the old station master at KLR, Whit bank holiday trains running and lines ankle deep in camellia flowers plus the yucca not in flower. Apparently I am on call 24/7 and expected to deal with these matters! I think I need to re negotiate my contract! Anyhow all in a good cause.

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