July 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

August visit - Thurs. 9th. August Swann’s Nursery ,Eyke Rd., Bromeswell IP12 2PN We meet at the nursery 7.00 pm or cars at Village Hall 6.15pm

Summer Garden Party
It was a glorious August day for the club’s annual garden party at Kirton Old Rectory, home of Neil and Gill Garnham. I have lived in Kirton for some 48 years and the gardens have never looked better. Gill was kind enough to give us a conducted tour of the grounds , taking in the perennial beds and admiring the mature trees all looking at their summer best.
On the swimming pool terrace we enjoyed delicious home made cakes, strawberries and cream , teas and cold drinks.
Our thanks to Gill and Neil for hosting the event and to Jenny for arranging the day.

July visit
we were unable to visit the Laburnams, South Elmham due to illness preventing the owner being unable to receive a group. Hopefully we will be able to visit this renowned garden at some future date.
So, as a last minute alternative we made a walking visit to Kirton Lake and on a warm July evening 20 intrepid members set forth across the fields and meadows to find the lake looking splendid and tranquil in the late evening sunshine. We are fortunate to have such gems near at hand and it was a pleasure to simply relax at the spot we shared with herons, ducks and buzzards!

August visit
Thurs 9th. August , and unbelievably, our last evening visit of the summer is upon us. We make a welcome return visit to Swann’s nursery at Bromeswell where we will have a chance to restock on plants lost in the summer drought! We meet at the nursery at 7.00 pm or if you require a lift be at the Village Hall by 6.15pm.

Hampton Court Flower Show
I enjoyed the Gardeners World coverage of the Hampton Court flower show and like RHS Chatsworth it was a pleasure to see stands concentrating on flowers rather than bricks and mortar! The BBC had Joe Swift and Jo Wiley as anchors and the latter seemed quite at home in the role.
As for the gold winning Social Media stand, what was that all about??

Summer outing
Thursday 2nd August and our long awaited trip to RHS Hyde Hall for the gardens and flower show.
We leave the green at 9.00 am , returning around 6.00 pm. Parking has been arranged on the village green. Enjoy your day.

Club membership
From September we commence our Autumn programme back in the Village Hall. September 13th. we have Steve Marshall talking on the Beth Chatto gardens, then October 11th. David Mitchell whose talk is entitled ‘ Right Tree in the Right Place ‘, and November 8th. it is Sarah Cook talking on Sir Cedric Morris, Iris Breeder, Gardener and Artist.
All these talks start at 7.30pm, Village Hall.

To round off the year our Christmas party is December 13th. in the Church Hall.
The club is still open for membership and the joining fee of £10 covers the remaining programme of the year. Contact any committee member for more info, details on the gardeners club pages of the village website, kirton-suffolk.info.

Tales from the Allotments
All the talk on the plots is about the weather and at the time of writing we have gone some two and a half months without worthwhile rainfall. This, coupled with relentless hot sun has left some crops in poor shape.
Early crops such as onions, shallots, garlic and soft fruit have prospered but summer raspberries are hardly worth picking. Maybe the autumn varieties will be better.
I am concentrating my efforts on runner and French beans, courgettes and butternut squash while the rest will be at the hands of mother nature.
I saw the local BBC’s visit to Bob Flowerdew’s garden up the road and it was comforting to see that the master is suffering like the rest of us!
Talking of the BBC it is interesting to see how their diversity policy is changing the make up of the team of presenters. Adam Frost is great as is Nick whilst Mark in his wheelchair seems to know his stuff. Not sure about the black lady with the white hair but I guess she ticks a few of the BBC boxes!

Roy Mallett 616