September 2015

Next meeting : Thurs. 8th. October - Guy Barker ‘ Winter Table Displays’.
Meeting - 7.30pm Village Hall.

September meeting
The summer season is now behind us and we are quickly left with fond memories of garden visits, a great summer outing to King’s Seeds and Marks Hall gardens, a mid summer garden party at Jenny Hollinger’s, and of course another successful venture into Euroland when again we were blessed with good weather – all now distant memories.
So for September it was back to the business of evening talks in the village hall with a welcome return of Sonya Burrows whose illustrated talk was ‘ Spring Flowering Bulbs ‘ .
Flowering bulbs bring the first colours of Spring after the dark days of winter. First bulbs to flower are the snowdrops followed by aconites, Suffolk name ‘Choirboys’!
Then the crocuses appear (from corms rather than bulbs) with many coloured Dutch hybrids, and then the Irises.
My favourites come next , the daffodils, and I grow these on my allotment for cut flowers in the house.
Hyacinths, grape hyacinths and anemones all add their colours before the mass of tulips and finally in May the bluebells decorate our woodlands with a carpet of blue.
Sonya’s pictures gave us a taste of the wonderful colours provided by Spring bulbs from Christmas onwards and we thank her for this great start to our winter programme.
Special thanks to our WI colleagues who left us some tasty cakes from their centenary party.
Of course it’s not just bulbs that provide Spring colours and Roselea Express now has wallflower and pansy plants which always look good in the borders.

October meeting - Thurs. 8th October
We welcome back the ever popular Guy Barker ( aka The Naked Gardener) who will be weaving his usual magic with ‘Winter Table Displays Guy has given talks to us before and we have enjoyed seeing him at Blacksmith’s Cottage so we look forward to his visit. Come early for this one, 7.30pm start, Village Hall.
Tickets for our Christmas party will be available so don’t miss out - £5

November meeting - Thurs. 12th.
November and a new face in the shape of Simon White whose seasonal talk will be ‘ Holly Wreath Making’. Simon, who is at Peter Beales Roses, will be bringing wreath making kits for sale. Come early as tickets for our Christmas party will be on sale, £5, first come, first served.

Christmas party - Thursday 10th December
December and we welcome the plant hunter with a passion, Tom Hart Dyke . Tom is an RHS speaker, appears regularly on TV and travels the world seeking rare plant species. So get your tickets early for this one as seating is limited. Tickets on sale to members at £5 at the October and November meetings. The party starts at 7.30pm and is in the Church Hall. The usual eats, punch and grand draw.

Committee meeting
There is a committee meeting at 50, Meadowlands, 7.30pm, on Friday 2nd. October. If you have any matters to raise or if you know of a good speaker or place to visit contact one of the committee members.

Tales from the Allotments
Early Autumn is my favourite time on the plots , all the earlier efforts in preparing the ground, sowing , weeding and fighting mother nature are behind us and we now reap the fruits of our efforts.
People grow different fruit and veg but this year has been particularly good for runner and French beans and now the Autumn raspberries and butternut squash are going strong. Some of the early season crops suffered from the drought and dreaded black fly but later crops seem to be more than compensating.
We have some new faces and I think there may be one or two plots or part plots available if you want to have a go.

Roy Mallett 616