September 2017


October meeting - Thurs. 12th. October 7.30pm Village Hall
Jim Buttress - ‘Central Royal Parks ‘.

September meeting
Summer has gone and we were back in the village hall for our September meeting when our guest speaker was Neil Bradfield , head gardener at Ulting Wick garden, Wick,Essex. The garden , which is featured in the book ‘Secret Gardens of East Anglia ‘ is centered around three listed black Essex barns and a 17th. century farm house.
Neil’s talk was entitled ‘Tulips and Complimentary Planting’ There are Pink, White , Old Farmyard and Veg gardens and Neil explained the processes of planting tulips amongst perennials and annuals. Amazingly they can plant 10,000 bulbs a year , most of which are lifted and destroyed after only one year.
There is also meadow land with trees and ponds where daffodils are planted in drifts to naturalise.
A great start to our Autumn programme and Neil’s colourful slides enabled us to forget the cold outside. Ulting Wick is open under NGS, see website.

October meeting
For our October meeting we welcome famed RHS judge Jim Buttress who will be talking on his time in charge of the Central Royal Parks.
Jim, for many years a top RHS judge, has years of experience judging shows around the country. He is also a good friend of Tom Hart Dyke and helped with the creation of gardens at Lullingstone Castle. We expect a full house for his visit so come early.
November meeting - 9th. November, and we have a welcome return of one of the club’s favourite speakers. Sonya Burrows is back with us in the Village Hall and her talk is entitled ‘ Do Plants Wear Coats ? ‘ 7.30pm start and there will be full details of arrangements for our Christmas party.

Christmas Party
Our Christmas party will be in the Church Hall, 7.30pm start, and we welcome back Charlie Haylock on ‘ An Eccentric Look at Spoken English’. Many of you will remember Charlie’s last visit and we look forward to a great evening to round off the year’s programme.
There will be no charge for club members attending the party, but please let Jenny know if you intend to come so we can cater for seating and refreshments. We can accommodate a limited number of visitors by ticket at £5, apply to Jenny for these.

Committee meeting - a reminder that we have a committee meeting 7.30pm Wed 11th. October at Brian Barker’s, 8, Rectory Lane. If you have any matters to raise speak to one of the committee members.

Tales from the Allotments -
It is mid September and the foliage of butternut squash is dying away to reveal some monster fruits. Butternut squash are renowned for their habit of rampant growth of foliage which hides the flowers and growing fruits and it is only when the foliage dies that the crop is revealed. This year the foliage has spread amongst the currant bushes, leeks and sweet corn and even over the boundary onto Bob’s plot next door. However he can hardly complain as his squash are invading my space.
Hopefully we will get some warm Autumn weather to ripen the fruits off. Care needs to be taken in cutting the stem leaving at least one inch (old money) from the fruit and making sure there is no damage where the stem joins the fruit. I usually put the squash in the greenhouse before storing to help the ripening process. The squash should be stored in a dry, frost free space and should keep well into the new year. Try making some squash soup , absolutely delicious on those cold winter days!
I keep my own squash seed so if you want to have a go let me know and I will save some for you.
Carrots have been good this year and they are best left in the soil until required for eating. In frosty conditions cover with straw or fleece.
The bramley apple trees have produced some large fruits this year, and with some weighing in at over 600 grammes ( new money) I have made a mental note not to linger underneath!

Roy Mallett 616