May 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

June visit
Thurs. 14th. June -Bourne Garden Centre, Ipswich. Cars Green 6.30 or meet 7.00pm.

May visit - Freston House Freston.
Our first visit of the summer programme was to Freston House gardens but due to the later date we were unable to meet the Review deadline for a report. If there is space hopefully a short report in the July edition.

June visit
For our June visit we make the short trip to Bourne Garden Centre, 578, Wherstead Road, Ipswich where we look forward to a reunion with the lovely owner Clare Mucklestone.
Bourne is renowned for its quality flower and veg plants, roses, hanging baskets and all things gardening. The nursery is located at Bourne bridge, code IP2 8LS.
If you need a lift be at the Green by 6.30pm.

Summer Garden Party
Our summer garden party is on Sunday 1 July , 2.00 to 4.00 pm at The Old Rectory, Church Lane, Kirton by kind invitation of Gill and Neal Garnham
The Old Rectory’s garden is the perfect setting for this members’ annual event and we look forward to seeing you there. There is parking in the Church Hall car park.

Summer outing
The day of the summer outing draws closer . The date is Thursday 2nd. August and we visit RHS Hyde Hall gardens and the annual flower show. Hyde Hall. of course, is one of the RHS’ top gardens and for us is only a short distance down the A12.
We plan to leave the Green at 9.00 am and return about 6.00pm. and parking has been booked for the Green, entrance near phone box.
At the time of going to press there are one or two tickets available –contact Jenny on 448571.

Last of the summer wine!
After Bourne Nursery, the last of our summer evening trips are - Thurs 12th. July The Laburnums Garden, South Elmham and then Thurs. 9th. August we visit Swann’s Nursery, Bromeswell.
Then summer is over and the first meeting of our autumn programme back in the Village Hall will see Steve Marshall talking on the Beth Chatto Gardens.

Tales from the Allotments
Someone asked me recently how long I had been on the plots. I think it is about 42 years because we came to Kirton in 1970 and about half a dozen of us started it off. The first plots were on the site of Durelda Green but this only lasted about two years because of the heavy clay and plots have been worked on the current site ever since.
Other than that nothing has really changed. The one thing I do not remember from the early days is the problem of pigeons. No one seems to shoot them nowadays and brassicas have to be well protected especially plants. The real answer is a cage which some plot holders have erected but this can cause a problem with rotation. I still favour the old Cliff Richards which seem to do the trick especially Summer Holiday!
If you fancy a go there are usually one or two small plots available.
My good friends and neighbours Bob and Rosemary presented me with a bag of new potatoes on 5th. May, before some people had even planted any! So I think an RHS gold medal is called for. They were delicious but of course puts me under pressure to grow spuds that early!
One crop that gets me bonus points is asparagus , fortunately not favoured by the pigeons. There are several varieties and Monty Don has one which starts mid April and goes on to end June which is a bit early.
I grow Mange Tout, an old French variety which starts early May but can be cut well into July. It is also known as green asparagus, is tender, and the stems can be eaten.
If anyone would like to give it a try I can supply some crowns.

Roy Mallett 616