June 2012 meeting

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Sat. 7th. July – Annual Garden Party – Karen/Heather’s – 2 to 4 pm
Thurs. 12th July – visit to Triffid Nurseries, Stoke Ash – Green 6.00pm

June visit – Crown Nurseries, Ufford
A mid June visit and still chilly, but 28 members made the short trip to Ufford. We were warmly welcomed by Graeme Procter, David and Jill and given tours of the impressive nursery with its native and ornamental trees, fruit trees, hedging,shrubs and perennials. Graeme is committed to environmentally friendly practise with biological methods used where possible. The range of trees, especially fruit, is extensive and you can purchase anything from a one year old apple to a 25 year old copper beech ( slight difference in price of course).
Graeme runs courses on pruning and care of trees and shrubs and don’t miss their Apple Day Celebration on Sat. 20th. October. Complementary tea and biscuits concluded an informative and entertaining evening.
Garden Party – Sat. 7th. July - time speeds on and our mid summer garden party is upon us. This year our garden party is jointly hosted in the centre of Kirton in the gardens of Karen Allison and Heather Baxter and we are grateful to them for hosting this event. There will be tea , cakes , strawberries and cream and a rare opportunity to relax and chat at the mid way point of our busy annual programme.
So we look forward to seeing you all there , members only I am afraid.

July visit – Thurs. 12th. July, Triffid Nurseries, Stoke Ash
The Triifid Nurseries, Stoke Ash boasts the world’s widest selection of carnivorous plants and seeds for sale on the web.
Originally founded in Devon it re located to Stoke Ash into a brand new purpose built Kader growhouse covering some 3700 sq. ft all dedicated to carnivorous plants.
The full address is – Triffid Nurseries, Great Hallows, Church Lane, Stoke Ash, IP23 7ET.
Take the A140 north past Brockford Street and Thwaite , at Stoke Ash take a right hand off the A140 into Church Lane. Cars leave the Green at 6.00 pm for assembling at 7.00. This is something different and again look forward to seeing you on the night.

Open Gardens 2013 - Just a reminder that we have fixed a date for an Open Gardens event in Kirton on Sunday 23rd. June 2013 . A number of people have already offered to open their gardens and if you would like to be involved please let me know. Meantime, please book the date in your diary.

RHS Membership.- the RHS is offering discounted membership for the first year for members of affiliated clubs. Cost is £37.50 individuals, £51.10 joint membership ( payment by direct debit) , saving 30%. New members get a £5 voucher to spend at RHS gardens or plant centre and the club receives a £5 payment.
If interested contact Jenny Bearcroft on 01394 448571 or email jennybearcroft [at] live.co.uk.

Rouen 2012
Friday 25th. May and the start of our ninth journey into Euroland. It is amazing how successful these trips have been bearing in mind the original was at first dismissed as unrealistic. Well there is nothing unrealistic about a departure from the Green at 6.15 am and the realism kicks in as we are stumbling around the house soon after 4.00 am. All this to see a few frog gardens? [We saw those in 2009. Webmaster]
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Of course there is a lot more to it than a few gardens and this year’s trip was declared the best so far as we journeyed home.

But back to Friday morning and we are now shuttling our bags to the Green and bleary eyed members arrive from all directions to find our Galloway coach waiting with our driver for the weekend , Michael.

Having picked up Christina at Marks Tey we are tunnel bound and arrive in good time for our scheduled train. In no time we are in the warm sunshine of Calais where we join up with Johan and Ria and then head down the coast to St. Vallery sur Somme where we have a lunch break and explore the pretty town centre and harbour area.

Then its off to our first visit, Le Bois des Moutiers, the renowned home and garden created by Guillaume Mallet in 1898 ( a poorer member of the family who could only afford one t ) with the help of the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who designed this Arts and Crafts inspired house, the only one in France. The gardens were also planned by Lutyens and the famous English landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll.

The house and gardens are internationally recognised as an historic monument and outstanding garden. We are fortunate to encounter the lady owner working in the garden and she takes us around before letting us free in the vast 30 acres of gardens and woodlands . The rhododendrons are outstanding , but words cannot convey the beauty of this very special house and gardens and I can only refer you to the many pictures Martin has posted on the club pages of the village website.

Finally we head for Rouen and our riverside hotel. A quick freshen up, to quote Johan, and we head for the restaurants in the market and cathedral areas for dinner in the warm evening sun.

Tales from the Allotments - space is at a premium at the moment so we will give this a break for the summer and it will also help to quell the peasants’ revolt! I was looking at some old Reviews at the excellent Jubilee display in the village hall and noticed gardening notes in the bygone age were penned by one Greenfingers – perhaps I should have used a nom de plume, but too late now.

Roy Mallett